I never like waking up and fearing all the work ahead of me for the day. I feel the weight of my responsibilities at work, home, and many other obligations. I realized how I needed to avoid seeing it all at once. An example of this is our first day at a new job. For example, when you report to a new unit in the military, you meet your supervisor, who will typically provide a three-ring binder. This binder will be full of tasks required for your new position. It is usually packed to its limits and makes a loud thud when it hits the desk. You will need to handle the feeling of this new weight on your shoulders, or your career will make the next big thud. Here are three-time management ideas to help stop feeling burnt out:
· List three items to complete each day
· Utilize timeboxing
· Create the learning environment
Three Items a Day
By listing only three items each day, you are breaking the big picture into bite-sized portions. For example, if your new certification requires 100 tasks, you should complete it in over a month. I'd put money that will blow your timeline deadline out of the water! However, only try and do them within the foreseeable future. What I mean is to be prepared and ready to train. Often, people will attempt an assignment and need help figuring out where to start. Nobody expects you to be an expert, but a supervisor does not have time to hold your hand. Come prepared by understanding some basic requirements. Read the references before starting, and the result will be better training. Furthermore, preparing will allow you to bring good energy. Something motivated people cannot stand is deadbeats, people who walk around like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. That person who arrives at work, hates life, and ensuring everybody knows about it. They complain about everything and play victim to all their problems. These types of people bring nothing but issues to the fight. Don't be an Eeyore! Bring good energy by preparing for three things each day, and you'll be surprised how many people want to help you.
The Art of Timeboxing
When planning your day, be specific about when you will start and end activities. I like to use a calendar app to keep my schedule visible and organized. Timeboxing also increases the probability of completing the tasks since you scheduled them. To-do lists work, but timeboxing plans your day, creating a path to success. Additionally, ensure to spread out the tasks allowing adequate time for fruition and allowing time in between your three goals. The time in between is for two reasons. First, it allows for any unforeseen extra time required per goal. Second, it avoids a feeling of over-exhaustion, which results in burnout. Coordinating your calendar with the timeboxing technique helps those involved if you need help. Respecting the time of others and, most importantly, your supervisor is essential. People involved with the activity will feel more focused, prepared, and included using timeboxing. Furthermore, I will be more prepared than usual by coordinating my tasks with those who need to be involved.
Create the Environment
Any training will often provide the required tools, references, and other items to complete the job. As the trainee, set up the environment for the highest potential of success. For example, you need to demonstrate how to operate a water pump. As a trainee, research the required tools, equipment, and other items, then have it ready for the coach or instructor. For this scenario, you'll need the pump, water source, gas, discharge location, and someone else to help with the hoses. Create that environment relieving the supervisor's responsibility. Then, clean it all up. Talk about a quick way to earn respect! Critics will say it's the instructor's job to set up the training environment because they know they are the experts. It could be a safety hazard for people who need help with the training plan. While they are correct in more extensive training exercises, the trainee can easily set up the majority of the scenarios on their own by asking good questions and showing initiative. The training will kick off on time, be productive and effective, and, most importantly, end on time. By preparing well ahead, you feel less burnt out.
We all feel burnt out sometimes, and it will only get worse as you get promoted, build a family, and continue your journey. By coming ready to train with the proper energy, time scheduled with all involved, and making the environment, your time management will tremendously increase by utilizing your time to the fullest.