Imagine yourself returning from a long relaxing vacation. You have all the energy and motivation you want to start a new productive phase at work, and you’ve set several objectives to work on: managing your files, planning projects for the rest of the year, organizing your papers and much more.
You arrive at the office to found the desk and the keyboard covered with dust. That’s not the problem. You remember that you have ruined the power cord of your computer, and you fixed it with some duct tape, yet it only worked for a short period of time before the battery dies. Your IT manager is sick, and hasn’t sent you a replacement PC. Productivity gone. Anxiousness for wasting a lot of time starts to play its role.
We all know that daily issues cannot be avoided. No one knows when a problem will appear to cause all the mess you were avoiding, and ruins all your plans. However, the bigger problem is not knowing how to deal with these issues. The difference between succeeding and failing relies on how we act to fix things.
Follow these steps in case you faced similar obstacles:
- Take a deep breath. Take a moment to think about the things positively. Anger won’t help. Try to relax so you would be able to focus on what needs to be done for a quick efficient solution.
- Categorize your task starting from utmost priority. Based on that, specify the top 3 priorities that need to be done urgently. If you think you cannot prioritize the tasks, refer to your boss; he/she will be able to classify them. Or, you can concentrate on what has sooner deadlines or that are making people wait.
- Be committed to work without any distraction. Sign out of all social media accounts, turn off your phone, don’t check your email and focus only on your priority task. If you managed to complete it within an hour, go for a break and be back as soon as you can in order to get going with the next task for another hour. However, if you haven’t finished the first task in the one-hour duration you’ve set, take a short break and return to your desk to resume work. Follow this plan until you’re done with the priorities. As soon as you finish, repeat the process.
Finally, when you think it is a hard process for you, or if it seems impossible to follow every day, check your to-do list and start removing some items from it in order to get back on track.