Five Reasons I’m More Productive at Work Because I’m a Mom
I would like to think that even if I was not a mom, that I would be just as productive and efficient as I am now. I take GREAT pride in putting 150% into my job.
Making everyone proud of me as ALWAYS been very important. I form positive relationships to make life better for everyone.
Spreading positivity is always a good thing…especially in the workplace!
The truth is, I don’t have a choice. Because I want to impress everyone, I work harder to complete all of my work. However, I have boys to pick up after I get off, so I don’t have the luxury of staying late.
I have to jet to the Boys and Girls Club…there is NO wiggle room. Actually, I don’t know many moms who have any wiggle room in their schedules.
As moms, we have two choices. We can take our time, leave files piled high on our desk until tomorrow…and risk looking bad (which leads to missing beneficial opportunities.)
On the other hand, we could work our butts off and get everything completed (accurately) before we leave, which will show upper management that we can handle the workload, which increases our chances of getting promoted and making more money. Money is GOOD.
I fall into the second group. I’m a major Type-A perfectionist, with a touch of OCD. I don’t like to leave ANYTHING on my desk.
I’m not saying it never happens…but I work hard to make sure that it’s a rare occurrence. I have to find a way to complete my work AND leave the office at 5:00 pm.
How do I increase my productivity? I have just as many hours as anyone else, and I don’t have any less work.
1. I Don’t Make Excuses
I don’t make any excuses, I take responsibility for myself, and I don’t let myself think that I can’t do something. You’ve heard about “mind over matter”? It’s SO true. If you tell yourself that you can do something…you will do it.
Have faith in your abilities. When my work starts to slide, or I start feeling overwhelmed…I stop and think about what I can do differently.
The phone will always ring, paperwork will always multiply, and customers will always need help. If all of that went away….I’d have no job. So now, I just find a way organize my processes around the necessary distractions.
2. I Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More
I keep a combination journal/to-do list, and I write down everything I need to do…and everything I have done. Writing everything down lets me see what I have waiting. I can organize tasks according to priority, or to how much time they will take to complete.
If I have five things that take one minute each…I’m going to quickly knock those out so I can cross out a big part of my list. Seeing a smaller list doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
In addition, using the list as a journal helps me not only remember when I completed something, but also lets me see that I got a lot accomplished on the days I don’t feel as productive.
3. Time Management is my Ongoing Goal
Working on my time management skills is an every day agenda. I always search for better ways to work. The more experienced I become with my job, the more I can find more efficient ways to do something…which makes me more productive.
Making lists really helps with time management because I have a visual of what needs to be done, and when I check something off the list, I can move to the next item. I’m not just randomly walking around wondering what to do.
4. Stop Procrastinating
I’m not saying there aren’t days where less work gets done than usual…but overall, I don’t put off for tomorrow what I can do right now.
No one will be impressed by you “spreading out the work” to make it look like you’re busier. Trust me…people see the true story.
If the courier drops off paperwork…be productive…scan it and upload it now. Don’t throw it on the already huge pile on your desk…you never know what “later” will bring.
It’s important to take responsibility for your work, and to plan the best way to complete everything. Also, you need to have great time management skills, and stop procrastinating…but the most important tactic is to be positive.
Tell yourself that you CAN work harder and faster.
If you find bottlenecks in your work flow…look and see what’s causing it. Find a way to improve it.
If you feel overly stressed, find a way to reorganize your work to save time and energy. Stay positive, and you will find learning opportunities…not piles of work that are about to avalanche onto you.
How do you get out of the door on time, with everything completed?