A lack of organization can be a real problem in the workplace. It can affect your productivity levels, and hinders your professional appearance to colleagues and clients. It isn’t just about your professional reputation; implementing daily habits to remain organized can have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being. Feeling unorganized can produce unnecessary work-related stress which, as a result, sacrifices the quality of product or service you provide to clients.
Keep the following organization tips in mind to help reduce work-related stress and to strengthen your professional reputation as you further your career.
Organize Your Agenda
To keep track of all the important tasks you must accomplish today or this week, schedule specific work blocks on your calendar. Scheduled work blocks to help you meet strict deadlines, and even schedule time to complete the simple or mundane tasks on your to-do list. Taking note of what you need to accomplish each day helps prioritize what tasks needs to be completed first, and also helps keep important deadlines top of mind.
If you’re a professional who often has a lot of meetings and you don’t always feel like you have enough time to complete your work, block out specific “work time” on your calendar. It isn’t always productive to fill your day with meetings – work time is equally as important to better serve your clients or support coworkers.
Be on Time
A habit of maintaining a detailed calendar can also help you produce timely products for clients and to arrive at scheduled meetings on time. An up-to-date calendar on your phone or computer will send you notifications a few minutes before your scheduled meeting, this way you’re reminded of what is coming up. Arriving late may communicate that you’re not respectful, prepared or interested.
Consistently arriving on time to your place of work (virtually too) or to specific meetings demonstrates commitment and consideration for the people you work with. This also helps support your efforts to build positive and productive working relationships with your supervisors, peers and clients. Punctuality is a highly-regarded trait that employer’s value, and often shows that you are a dependable and reliable team member. These traits are just as important as your technical abilities and qualifications.
Track Project Progress
Effective teams should have methods in place to track project progress. Having a tracking system in place can help you effectively communicate with the client and communicate internally with your team when any issues arise.
Everyone on your team should want the same thing: a successful project. With that in mind, think of ways you can consistently communicate project updates and results. One of the best ways to promote success in the workplace and keep everyone up-to-date is to make a project visible. It’s motivating when a team can see a project come to completion.
Monitoring the status of a project and communicating any concerns or questions you have demonstrates your professionalism and dedication to the quality of service you provide. Coworkers, supervisors and clients will certainly appreciate your knowledge regarding the status of a project and how to proactively plan for what may be coming down the pipeline.
How Organization Can Push Your Career Forward
Putting all of these tips into practice can help significantly when you are wanting to move your career forward. Staying organized, being mindful of upcoming deadlines and tasks, clearly communicating with clients and coworkers about project updates and arriving on time shows a high level of professionalism. These tips help build your professional reputation with coworkers and clients, but they also help make your assignments more manageable and stress-free. Establishing these habits show you are a dependable and responsible employee, and that you can handle more advanced responsibilities in the future.
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