We all get bombarded with lots of work at work from time to time. Some people have less work load than others. Some have just too much work-near impossible to complete within the official time. For those who have less work, they can still optimise their delivery and so gain the brand of an effective worker. Those that have too much work need the techniques that can help them to gain control of their workload and to try as much as possible to complete their work in time.
One proven technique that you can use to gain control over your work is by going to your work place early. In Malawi, most companies have official start time of 7:30 am and others 8:00 am. In practice, most staff arrive 15 to 30 minutes after the official start time. This means that if you can arrive 30 minutes before the official time, you will be approximately one hour ahead of the average arrival of the rest of staff.
If you work for one hour before most staff arrive, you will have gained powerful head start. You will have the chance to prepare your diary for the day. You will have time to thoroughly plan what you need to do that day. You will have ample time to clear some of the work brought forward from the previous day. You will have the chance to deal with outstanding e-mails, if part of your work has e-mail related actions.
This way, you will be streets ahead of your peers by the time they arrive! You will have gained powerful head start. Your peers will not catch up with you at all. As work comes during the day, you are already well ahead and ready to complete the new tasks easily and with the required calmness, efficiency and effectiveness. This way, you will constantly remain ahead of your peers and ahead of your work.
For your head start advantage to give you the expected gains, you need to still work efficiently and effectively throughout the day. You cannot simply come early and think that is enough to become the star performer. You have to come early and work hard to clear the backlog, thereby remaining ahead.
Case in point: One of the people that I mentor told me how he had resolved to starting work early-at least one hour ahead of the rest. With this new approach, he says that he finds himself well in control of his work. I know two more people that adopted this technique and they find it rewarding and value adding.
We have today discussed the importance of gaining head start at work by coming at least 30 minutes before the official start time. This way, you will effectively be one hour ahead of the typical staff. And, you will be counted as someone who delivers and one who can be trusted or relied upon. Good luck as you adopt this powerful winning technique!