The end of the year is approaching quickly, and you have much to do as 2015 winds down. Follow this advice to survive the busiest time of the year:
• Send fewer emails. It takes time to write and proof emails. Call people and you will save time.
• Establish three priorities every day. Do not focus on anything else until you have completed those three tasks.
• Stick to a routine. You need to prevent burnout, and sticking to a routine will help with that. For example, come into the office an hour early, so that you can leave on time each day. Take a lunch break to recharge. Schedule distraction-free time to focus on your top priorities.
Every 90 minutes, for a five-minute stretch, go for a quick walk, or simply close your eyes and breathe. Finally, start wrapping up your day 15 minutes before closing time.
• Decide what you will not do. Each morning, take a few minutes to remind yourself of how you will not waste your time. For example, “I won’t review my Fantasy Football scores, complain to co-workers, or check email every 10 minutes.”
— Adapted from “66 Time Management Tips to Help You Survive Busy Season,” www.accountingweb.com.