As a busy agricultural manager, you may feel like there is not enough time in the day to complete all the work you want to be done. This can make it difficult to feel like you are accomplishing anything.
One way to resolve this issue is by planning how you want to spend your day. Breaking down the goals you want to accomplish can make them feel more achievable.
Planning your time gives you control over your day. It provides the structure and discipline needed to make the most of your work hours.
You can see the progress you make each day. This can increase your efficiency and effectiveness over time. These actions contribute to your goal attainment.
Use any of these calendar hacks to accomplish more work each day.
Prioritize Your Tasks
Make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the week. Include the amount of time needed to complete each task. Then, schedule time to accomplish each task. Include 15-minute gaps to allow time to handle unexpected events.
Be sure to plan your most important tasks during the time when you tend to be most productive. You should have the energy to stay focused and productive.
Schedule your less important tasks for after lunch. This may include returning phone calls, holding meetings, or answering emails.
Include 10-minute breaks throughout your day and an hour-long lunch. Use this time to step away from your desk and relax.
You may want to go for a walk, meditate, or read a book. Or, you could eat healthy foods, listen to music, or talk with coworkers who are on break.
Taking regular breaks helps the brain rest. Disengagement from tasks allows you to think creatively and strategically. You should come back refreshed and ready to produce.
Focus on One Task at a Time
The brain has difficulty continuously moving from one task to another. It takes a significant amount of time to adapt to a different skill. This is why trying to multitask results in making more mistakes and taking longer to finish than focusing on one task at a time.
You may want to schedule similar tasks back-to-back to reduce the impact of transition. This might include planning your meetings during one block of the day or answering your email during a set time. The time you save adds up.
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