Women in the corporate world everywhere face longer workdays often with no sign of reprieve from what is considered traditional work hours. If your work hours seem to be increasing at the cost of your family and personal time, consider shortening your workday. Rationalize the change in schedule by applying Pareto's 80/20 principal. The premise of Tim Ferris's recent best seller, The 4-Hour Work Week, Pareto's principal posits that 80% of results come from just 20% of efforts. Applying the 80/20 principal to your workday means that you complete 80% of your to do list in 20% of your traditional day. The other 80% of your day is virtually unproductive, lost to email programs, chatty coworkers, and the internet for example.
To make your workday highly productive in fewer hours learn to work smarter:
- Make an effort to keep phone calls short and on topic
- Do not check personal email while at work
- Check work email only at designated times of the day
- Use folders to organize incoming emails
- Saving reading and researching for times you know you will not be interrupted
- Be selective about what files and papers you keep avoiding unnecessary clutter
- Store all incoming mail and email in either an Action or Reference file
- Buy in bulk supplies that you use often
- Combine similar tasks
- Focus your efforts on tasks that utilize your strong points. Delegate tasks that rely on your weaknesses.