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If you find yourself struggling to stay focused at work, and as a result, your workday seeps later and later into the evening, these tips might help you complete more during your 9-5 stretch. Beyond tackling your to-do list, we've included steps that can help you better manage your office time.
- Plan your day on a curve – Start off easy, complete your hardest projects between 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and finish your day with housekeeping tasks.
- Address projects first and email later – We all spend hundreds of hours a year reading our email. Every time you choose to read a new message rather than continue what you are doing, you prolong the total time it takes to finish an assignment. Try to ignore your inbox while you are mid-project and instead, check it afterward or limit this distraction to every 20 minutes.
- Stay organized – I know I'm guilty of shying away from a chore to organize my desk. Keep your space clean and clutter free, so you can focus your attention on your work rather than feeling anxious about the mess around you.
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Substandard performance rarely happens by accident. Employees usually decide when and how to slack off or withhold their best efforts. In some cases, workers underperform for not-so-obvious reasons, such as lacking technical skills or health ailments. Whatever the causes, what's most important is how the manager responds. Here are three common characteristics of underperforming workers and how managers can help lead them to a more productive path.
The Apathetic Worker
Employees who lack a connection to their work leave clues. The attentive manager quickly notices these clues and takes action to re-engage the worker. Examples of an apathetic worker can include: 1) An idea maven who begins to offer fewer suggestions to improve the operation. 2) A beyond-the-call-of-duty worker who shows less willingness to take on extra assignments. 3) A vocal worker who suddenly starts to clam up at meetings.
Managers, take note: Remain attentive to changes in baseline behavior. If you're on the lookout for even slight declines in an employee's enthusiasm, you can intervene and learn more before it's too late.
To see how else you might be slacking at the office, read on.