Even at the best of jobs, on the best of days, work can be
stressful. Deadlines, budget crunches, juggling multiple demands and work
styles: some days things just run off the rails. The next time you have a lousy
day at work, reflect on these tips and ensure that even
the worst day at work is just a temporary blip.
Bad Day at Work? 10 Tips to Help You Make
It Through: This article offers nuts and bolts tips such as not skipping breakfast and
lunch (hello! No one can function, let alone remains stress-free on no food!)
as well as big picture advice such as taking time to focus on what truly
matters in life. Best tip? Asking for help when you need it.
How to Turn Around a Bad Day at Work: Practical tips for rough days including a true gem: allow yourself
be in a bad mood as long as you don't take it out on others. Other good ideas
include taking a time-out: before you explode, or do and say something you
might regret, take a walk, a long lunch break or just sit in a quiet conference
room and regroup.
50 Tips for Surviving Your Worst Work
Days: A comprehensive list offering tips on managing stress, just
saying "no" and avoiding negative people.
How do you deal with bad days at work? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Life throws curveballs. Problems pop up and deadlines
go off track. Do your best to keep one step ahead of botched deadlines with a
little contingency planning.
While not every problem can be anticipated and planned
for in advance, having a general game plan for dealing with missteps will get you
back on track faster. The next time a missed deadline looms, reflect on these
tips and power through.
If you have missed, or are going to miss a deadline, the first step is coming
clean. Let your boss or client know that the deadline isn't going to be met.
When possible, give advance notice that the deadline is slipping. By coming
clean in advance, you may be able to renegotiate the deadline. At the very least, your client or boss will
appreciate not being blind-sided.
Culpa: Missed deadlines generally mean apologies are in
order. If your client or colleague dropped the ball and this resulted in the unmet
deadline, this may not apply. But if the responsibility for missing the mark lies
with you, a sincere apology is in order.
Cracking: Missed deadlines require an action plan for getting the
project back on track. Determine if more time, additional staff or new
resources are needed to right the course. Having an action plan in place when
you reveal a deadline is likely to be missed can help soften the blow and allow
you to still appear in control.
Again: Once a deadline has been missed, do your utmost to
ensure it doesn't happen again. Chronically missing deadlines reflects poorly
on your work and time-management skills. Do whatever it takes-work
late, get up early, subcontract the work-but
get it done on time.
How do you deal with missed deadlines? Do you
have tips to ensure you never miss them? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Tired of juggling streams
of digital data, paper notebooks and zillions of yellow post-it notes to keep
track of to-dos, appointments and all the random bits of information required
to make it through your day? Add one-stop organization to your life with
productivity app Evernote. Called
the "killer app" by
former Mashable editor and Silicon Valley insider Ben Parr, Evernote is an app and web service
that will organize your life: period.
With Evernote, users can keep track of notes, web clips, images and bits
of data on virtually any device or computer. Evernote syncs with the cloud making
it useable on any device, anywhere and allows for simple searches by key word,
tags or even handwritten text inside images.
Wondering how this app could work for you? Check out these first-hand
accounts from devoted users.
How I use
Evernote for Work: This MacWorld writer uses Evernote for everything from corralling info on work
trips (i.e. itinerary, PDF images of boarding pass and airport shuttle tickets, maps,
as well as trip notes) to keeping track of favorite teas (he snaps photos of
labels which can be searched by key words.) Read on for tips on making this
tool your own killer app.
10 Tips On How
to Use Evernote To Its Fullest: Ten simple steps that will make Evernote your own go-to app. Tips include using
the merge feature to search across various notes for common topics as well as info
on how to encrypt text so Evernote can be used to store sensitive passwords.
8 Great Ways
Couples Can Use Evernote Shared Notebooks: Evernote is more than a work productivity tool; this article examines the ways
couples can use Evernote to keep the home front running smoothly. Ideas include
sharing recipes and grocery lists, to keeping tabs on home improvement
Finally, with tax day
right around the corner, check out this useful read
on how Evernote makes tax organization easier than ever.
If you're an Evernote user, what is the most useful or surprising way
you've used the app? Share
your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Long commute got you down? You're not alone. The average
American commutes almost 50 minutes a day says the Census Bureau. And the number of "super-commuters," who live far outside a metropolitan area, but commute in for
work is growing fast.
Commuting isn't fun, virtually everyone agrees. In fact Time Magazine last year ran a health piece called Why Commuting Sucks the Life Out of You which cited all sorts of depressing statistics including the
fact that couples facing long commutes have higher divorce rates than those
While long commutes, often in crowded conditions, will never
make anyone's list of a good time, we've rounded up some tips to make commuting
more bearable and perhaps even productive.
Finish up Work: Technology means
commuting time can be used to finish up work that might otherwise cut into home
time. Laptops let you send emails, proof reports or read documents. Bluetooth
technology allows for hands-free meetings from inside your car.
Get to that Book: Reading is
probably one of the most popular commuting pastimes and e-books, read on the slim
iPad or e-readers, makes reading even the weightiest tome manageable. Car
commuters can get in the action with audio books. Or collect useful articles in
your e-reader for subway or train perusal.
Advance Your Career: Use your commute
time to fit networking into your busy schedule. Update your LinkedIn profile;
send networking e-mails to industry contacts and schedule future lunch and
drinks dates with peers. Keep abreast of industry trends by reading useful
articles or listening to podcasts. If you commute in the car, use your
hands-free device to schedule calls with your mentors.
Scheme, Daydream: Downtime is a rare
commodity. While you may not have chosen a long commute, you're stuck with it,
so make the most of the idle hour to let your mind wander. Keep a notebook
handy or download a note-taking app on your smart phone to jot down any
inspiration that strikes.
Unwind: Can't find time to get to that
crossword puzzle? Squeeze in a nap? Download that new album and play it from
start to finish? You're in luck - you're commute provides a window of time to
devote to the little leisure pursuits that you enjoy. Hey, it's not 18-holes of
golf but it's a start!
How do you make the most out of your commute?
Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.