Let Labor Day Reboot Your Work Productivity

Published Monday, August 30, 2010 1:59 PM

Summer's swan song is called Labor Day for a reason: it's time to put aside the lazy, hazy days of summer and refocus on work. Fall is a season for fresh starts, so with your productivity batteries recharged after some summer downtime, it's time to harness that energy and reengage at work.

Reconnect with your Colleagues

Office vacation schedules can mean it's been weeks since you've interacted with certain colleagues. Take time to reconnect with your boss and peers; bring them up to speed on summer successes and project statuses. Make sure the catch-up flows both ways; you want to put yourself firmly back into the information loop at work.

Tackle the To-Do List

Who hasn't ignored certain tasks as they rushed off for three-day weekends or planned summer respites? Tackle that neglected to-do list a task at time, knocking one or two things off a day or each week. Pick the item you dread most and just do it. Relish that "thank goodness THAT's finally done!" mojo and keep ticking off those items until your list is finished. Now that feels good!

Join the Back-to-School Bandwagon

Back-to-school shopping means deals on organizational tools of every stripe. Folders, files, notebooks, day planners, computers, you name it. Time to restock your home office and kitchen command center. When you're organized, you experience less stress and greater productivity.

Time for Time Management

Head back into work mode with revamped time management habits. Tame office interruptions by setting aside discrete chunks of time; turn on the answering machine and turn away from e-mails. Dedicate this interruption-free time to tasks requiring concentration. Make time management a priority; new routines take time to be established so be vigilant about making a conscious effort day to improve your time management skills.

Aim High

Give yourself a go-for it goal. You may have an idea that's been percolating in the back of your brain; now is the time to try to set that plan in motion. Maybe you dream of spearheading a major project or acquiring a new skill set relevant to your job. Perhaps you've been thinking about mentoring a subordinate or lobbying your boss for a move up the corporate ladder. Pick a goal - just one - and go for it.


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