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.
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
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
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
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.
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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