Want to make the most out of your day in the office and get all your work done? Here’s what you should do:
- Separate the hard tasks from the easy tasks. Start your day by dealing with the tough tasks then finish the easy ones towards the end of the day. You have higher energy levels at the beginning of the day, which makes it the perfect time to tackle the most mentally-taxing jobs.
- Do not attempt to read all your e-mail at the start of your day; you will end up reading all of them and not get any work done. Read and reply first to e-mails that you simply can’t ignore, such as the ones from your boss, then go through the rest of the lot near the end of the day, which will leave you more time in the middle of the day to do your main tasks.
- Make a habit of setting your meetings in the early part of the week. This will make it easier for you and other people to arrange and coordinate their busy schedules.
- Never attempt to ask for a salary raise in the beginning of the year, for your efforts will likely be futile. It is best to bring up the issue of salary raise during the end of the year, when they can already evaluate your performance. This will give them enough reason to consider your request.