Interested in decreasing the number of hours spent at work, on work or
getting to and from work? Read on!
Try to flex your
schedule--just a little. The easiest way to reclaim some of
the time back from your day is to take advantage of any sort of flex
time that may be available to you. For example, instead of
working 8 to 5, see if you can work 7 to 4 or 9 to 6. Sometimes
just altering your schedule by even a half hour can keep you out of
the kind of traffic that can add an hour or more onto your total daily
Accept the traffic
you're stuck in. If there is no way around spending time in
traffic, then do yourself a favor and make the most of it.
Consider it YOU time. Turn off the radio and practice your
faith. Or take the time to THINK. Purchase a book on tape
and listen to that book you've been wanting to read. Carry a
small tape recorder in your car and dictate your to do list, your
weekend plans, your menu plan, or anything else you don't want to
forget. Give in to the fact that you will be stuck in traffic
and use the time to unwind from work so that when you get home, you
can walk in the door refreshed and ready to go!
Stop volunteering! I
mean at work. Too often we volunteer to be on the holiday party
planning committee or the annual company picnic planning committee.
Or we volunteer to take on extra projects or tasks. You may
think you need to do this to get ahead. If you work for a
company that promotes based upon how many extra tasks, projects or
committees you take on, then you don't work for a company worth
working for. The quality of your work should speak for itself
and should be all that matters. Think of it this way, every
extra hour you spend at work, is an hour you take away from your faith
and your family. And you can never get it back again!
Limit email checks. Do it 2 or 3 times a day--if you
must. Assign yourself times, perhaps in the morning, before OR
after lunch, and before you leave for the day. Stick to those
times and do not check it in between. Keep disciplined about
this and you'll save oodles of time per day.
refreshments. All of us get up throughout the day to get
coffee, tea, water, soda, snacks, etc. If you're careful,
though, about when you choose to do this, you can save time.
How? Go for your refreshments when no one else is around.
For some reason most employees at most companies visit the lunchroom,
snack room, cafeteria, or kitchen at around the same time every day.
If you go during those "peak" times, you're bound to run into someone
you know and end of chatting. If you go when no one else is
around, you'll get what you want and get back to work. No, it's
not as enjoyable. But again remember, every minute spent talking
with someone at work is a minute you take away from your faith and