How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours 0 97

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

The modern worker is no stranger to working after hours. While your job offer did not explicitly say that you would be working a few hours after 5 pm, you might be needed to work extra hours because of deadlines and changes in schedule. In fact, it’s even a norm now. Not a lot of people can escape from this trend. And if you were asked to work extra hours, then you might as well enjoy it right?

Picture this. It’s finally time to go home, but then your boss calls you about a project that you need to finish ASAP. It’s a bummer, however, it’s a situation that we are powerless to stop. Working overtime doesn’t mean working uncomfortably though. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your late night a bit more pleasant.

Go Home if You Can

If you’re able to bring your documents or project files home, then, by all means, do it. A lot of work doesn’t mean that you will have to stay and do it all at once inside the office. A change of scenery and of ambiance will dramatically boost your productivity. Staying in the same place for a long period of time will bore you and it will eventually wear you down.

Your work will feel less of a burden as you find yourself in the comfort of your own home. Relax and leave your professional persona without having to worry about anyone looking over your shoulder, have some dinner or snacks, dress up comfortably and finish up what you need to do.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Get Comfortable

If your office comes equipped with lockers or if you have your own permanent workstation, then it would be a good idea to change into a set of comfortable clothes. It’s extremely useful for times that you need to burn that midnight oil.

Being in the office after hours means that there are fewer people to see what you’re doing. This also means that there are no supervisors to tell you what to do. It’s time to loosen your tie and make yourself at home. You can even take off your shoes and put your feet on the desk.

Take a Break and Eat Something

Can’t leave the office and go back home for a good meal? Give yourself a break and look for ways to eat out or eat in (whatever you prefer). There’s no use in working on an empty stomach. See if you can get food delivered to your building, or if there is anything in the office pantry that you can munch on.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Feeling a little drowsy? Go get a cup of coffee to improve your condition.

If dinner is out of the picture, remember that you can snack on other things until you get home. Get some nuts, or some candy, to help wake you up and keep your focus.

Know Your Limits

Working after hours is challenging as it is, but if you feel like you won’t be able to do anything productive, then learn to stop and call it a day.

If you’re tired and worn out, then stop. You’re just putting your work to waste. You’ll probably be called out on it and you’ll have to do your work all over again. If staying up late is not your forte, why not just call it a day? Wake up earlier the next day and finish everything you haven’t. Your work will produce better results this way.

Start With the Most Urgent and Most Challenging Things

After getting your game face on, organize and execute your tasks based on priority and difficulty. Confirm which ones you will need to present tomorrow morning and which ones you need to do right away.

The next thing that you have to do is to start on the tasks that require your full brainpower to execute. You may not be able to finish the whole task tonight, but having a head start will help you finish things easier. A solid foundation is a key to finishing any task without difficulty.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Plan Before You Get Started

Starting without a plan is like going on a trip without a map or a navigation app. failing to plan is planning to fail you know.

You’ll soon find yourself getting lost in a sea of things to do. Make a list of things that you need to do before setting out to finish them.

You may discover things that you won’t be able to do without a co-worker’s cooperation. Before business hours end, remember to make a list of things you need from other people so that you can do your work effectively. This will ensure a smooth sailing operation for both you and your colleague.

Set Yourself Up for the Next Day

Tonight isn’t the only night you’ll be working in the office. Remember that you need to come back the next day to start on your other tasks (or tasks that you didn’t finish tonight). Make a list of everything you need to have.

If you did your extra work at home, then spend time preparing for the things that you the next day.

Treat Yourself

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. Are you finally done with your tasks? Are you ready to go home? Awesome!

Your efforts to finish the task deserve a reward. No matter how small the reward, you’ll still get a good confidence boost. Take some time to treat yourself.

Let your mind and body unwind with a good bath, indulge in a snack, or if you feel too tired to do anything, then go to sleep. Sleep is the best reward that you can give your body.

Conclusion

Working late to accomplish tasks isn’t an easy or fun thing to do, but it’ll be a little bit more bearable if you know how to handle it effectively. Hopefully, late night jobs don’t happen to you frequently. Remember to take care of yourself and recognize when enough is enough.

You can do it!

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My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two 0 53

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I have been working remotely for almost a year now. While this change in my work environment resulted in one of my most exciting career moves, it also turned out to be one of my most challenging. I have this co-worker that has a mind of his own, always make a mess at lunch, and will even take naps. That’s right, he takes naps. I work with this co-worker and sometimes he acts like he is two.

Can you relate? I thought so! Here are a few tips I have come up with that will help you get through those EXTRA busy days while juggling parenting, work, and the regular day-to-day.

Working remote with kids

Get Them Involved

Starting a new job can be enough of a challenge.  Add in watching a 2-year old full-time, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and hitting work deadlines.

I found myself on the losing end almost daily. Then I had an idea. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I decided instead of trying to distract him with Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol, I would get him involved. If laundry needed to be done, he helped. If the dishwasher needed to be emptied, he helped. If I had a conference call, he watched (with a full container of cheesies on hand).

I got him as involved as possible and it worked. I could not believe how much work I was getting done but I was. He was happy, my clients were happy and I was happy.

Don’t Wake up Early

That’s right. Don’t set yourself up to work ridiculous hours. I did this and trust me, you will get tired and your performance will start to decline. I was waking up at 5:30 am then working until midnight 2-4 days out of the week. All this did make me more irritable, I wound up even more behind and I had little to no patience.  

My advice: Sunday evening or Monday when you start your day, take a quick 10-20 minutes to plan out your week and then STICK to your schedule.

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Be Honest

Finally – be honest. Tell the people you work with that along with working 40 hours a week you also are a full-time parent with your child at home all day too. I promise they will appreciate the honesty upfront. The majority of us have children, or enough compassion to understand what it takes even if you do not have your own children.

Get your child involved, stick to a schedule and be honest and I assure you working from home will continue to be the greatest workplace you’ve worked at!

Here are 14 Productive Hacks to get things done at work.

Is It Possible To Be Productive On a Slow Workday? 0 55

Is It Possible To Be Productive On a Slow Workday?

There are times when you simply can’t work productively. You might be sick, you might be depressed, maybe you’re simply not in the mood, or whatever. In short, you’re having a slow work day.

Sometimes these things are out of your hands. And all you can do is use it to your advantage. But how can a slow workday be good for my productivity?

You can use various strategies to make this slow workday work for you. Some of these strategies are:

Use slow work days to organize yourself

So you have free time since nothing is going on? Then use this time to de-clutter or reorganize your workplace. Take advantage of the slow work day to make your place a more productive area to work in. Clear some files, clean your area, and make it a place where you can work comfortably.

Set Your Goals and Reevaluate Them

Use this moment to reflect on your work and on your goals. Analyze if it can be done based on the current information that you have. You can even use this time to set new goals or modify your existing ones.

Use this time to do small but meaningful tasks

You can use this slow work day to do some tasks that you’ve been putting off.  You can make that report that you’ve been putting off or you can help a fellow workmate. You can promote the company’s image by promoting it on social media or use this time to look at some data.

Use this time to do tasks that aren’t meaningful now but may become meaningful in the near future.

Use this time to plan ahead

You can use this slow work day to plan your day in advance or maybe even plan for the whole week.  Not only will you be more productive, you’ll be saving time your time and energy as well.

Use this time to build relationships or strengthen current ones

Slow Day? How about having a chat with your workmates to improve your standing with them. Your relationship with John from HR or with Jenny from accounting might come in handy one day.

You’ll also feel more comfortable working in the office if you’re friends with everyone there. Productivity will also increase since you and your workmates are comfortable with each other’s help.

Build Alliances

This is similar to building relationships with your coworkers but this time you’re planning with other people in advance. You don’t just need friends in the workplace, you also need to connect with like-minded people who have the same goals as well.

Meet or Get in Touch with important Clients

You can increase your revenue by keeping in contact with potential clients. You can also use this time to strengthen connections with a current client as well.

Evaluate how you manage your time

This is the perfect opportunity to look at your time management skills.  Review your work and analyze how you’ve been doing things in the past. Analyze if you’ve been managing your time wisely. You might’ve spent too much time on breaks or you might have failed to follow a certain schedule or plan.

Now is the time to reflect and look at how you’ve been using your time.

Brainstorm

This is the perfect opportunity to come up with new ideas. You can use this opportunity to create new income making opportunists for your company. Or you can use this time to come up with organizational or societal causes that will help the community.

You can work with people in your office or use your connections to fundraise your ideas. You can even brainstorm on how you’re going to get that promotion or brainstorm about making the office a better place to work in.

Improve your current skillset

You can’t be more productive if you don’t improve your current skillset. You’ll never get that promotion if you don’t improve your managerial skills, you won’t finish that report quickly if you don’t improve your writing skills, you won’t be able to get new clients if you don’t improve your networking and social skills, and so on and so on.

Use this downtime or free time to make yourself a better worker.

Sign up for an online course

Join an online course, a webinar, or other online activities that will improve you as a person. You can specialize in a topic or join a community where you can find a specialty. You might be able to network with other people as well.  The internet is there to make you a better person.

Make an Online Course

If you don’t plan to join an online course then why not make one yourself? If you’re an expert on a certain topic, then why not share your knowledge and expertise with others?

You’ll earn money while helping others in the process. It’s basically hitting two birds with one stone.

Exercise

Well since there’s isn’t really much to do you might as well hit the gym. Go run in the treadmill, lift some weights, do some cardio. If there are no gyms nearby, then do some bodyweight exercise in the office.

Investing in your body and in your health is something that all of us must do. You can’t buy a healthy body nor can you sexy looking abs. You’ll be surprised at how much energy you have after exercising.

Get Some Rest and Relaxation

It isn’t every day that you’re given this kind of opportunity. Make the most out of it. Have some fun, play some games, get some sleep, de-stress.

Conclusion

It isn’t the end of the world if you have a slow work day. The best thing that you can do is to make the most out of it.

Also, try these tips for turning these ideas into a habit.

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