Completing most of the work before Friday depends on how you work Monday through Thursday and your work habits in general.
We all face the same problem often. We don’t realize how fast the weekend goes, while the weekdays don’t pass.
Of course, there is a mathematical and scientific explanation for this. But what if you could change that? What would happen if you used your time efficiently and completed all your hard work by Thursday?
You could have spent your Fridays doing light chores and easily pack up and leave the office. You could have spent more time with yourself and your friends because you left work less tired, or you could have gathered the energy you need for the weekend earlier. Or you could take a Friday off for a 3-day vacation. There are too many people who do this.
I know, it’s hard when you think about it. But skepticism aside, it’s perfectly doable if you use your time effectively. Already, many companies are starting to create flexible or four-day workweeks for their employees.
So how do these people achieve this? It’s not as hard as you think.
1) They deliberately plan.
You aim to see Friday as an extra day stuck to the end of the work week. This means that you should avoid scheduling meetings, phone calls, and other important meetings for the day. Of course, it is very important to try to do this as unobtrusively as possible.
This deliberate planning applies throughout your entire work week. In order to set yourself a free Friday, you need to keep a close eye on your schedule on other days as well.
Of course, there are situations independent of you. So you can’t always have full control over your calendar. However, it’s important to check your schedule often to see how the week is shaping up. If you think you have too many commitments and not enough time to really work, you need to see which job is your priority or which you can fall back on.
2) They focus on priorities.
You start the week with the best intentions and a list
of things to tackle at the office. But after Friday passes, you’re surprised to find that you’ve barely accomplished any of these. You’ve probably been too caught up in the so-called “urgent” stuff during the week.
As Stephen R. Covey, a successful businessman and author, puts it:
“Most of us spend too much time on what’s urgent and too little time on what’s really important.”
People who get everything done before Friday know the value of effective prioritization. Also, many prefer
to focus on the critical issues rather than stepping back and pressing. Some even use some time management matrices to make things easier at this point.
There is a big difference between how you spend your time and how you should spend your time. If you want your Friday to be free, you will need to constantly evaluate your priorities and make sure you are directing your energies towards the right things.
3) They eliminate distractions.
You will need to maximize every minute of the days you have. This means keeping distractions to a minimum as much as possible.
If you can’t focus on work at your desk because of office chats and loud phone calls, try to find a quiet place. If you’re desperate for relocation, use noise canceling headphones. Concentrate on what you’re working on.
Here’s another distraction you’ll want to keep away from: Email
. Close the browser tab and mute your inbox notifications. We might even consider this suggestion from Tom Patterson, CEO of Tommy John:
“You can set an out-of-office message that lets everyone know you’ve only read your emails at a particular time.”
4) They like shortcuts.
are always concerned about producing top-notch results, but saving time doesn’t stop them from developing methods. So, grab a page and take a good hard look at your work routine. Are there places where he spends a lot of time unnecessarily?
For example, this is a document that you constantly prepare. Create a template for this document so you can save time. Or do you have an email you always send? Save a canned response for this so you don’t have to send the same message over and over. Do you have an important task to complete on a daily or weekly basis? See if there is a way to automate it. Of course, these are simple examples, but I think you understand the logic.
Some of you were asked, “How much time can these save?” he may say. So take a look at this simple calculation: if you managed to earn 15 minutes each day between Monday and Thursday, it will come back to you exactly 1 hour when Friday comes. That makes 4 hours per month. In our life limited to minutes, don’t you think a 4 hours to spare for our dreams, loved ones and ourselves is very valuable?
Eliminating one day of your week may seem like a way to do a lot less work. But this is not always the case. So four-day workweeks have been proven to bring many benefits, such as increased productivity, higher engagement levels, and happier employees.
Plus, research shows that longer hours don’t always equate to getting more done. After a certain point, we cannot control it and our productivity starts to disappear.
Therefore, even if your office does not officially implement a 4-workday system, you can roll up your sleeves and have a more comfortable Friday.
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