Important tasks to do before the weekend
The prospect of two days of rest encourages many people to forget the most important tasks before leaving the office. It is true that after a long week of hard work, who would not be tempted to vent a little head and to deal only with secondary projects? Unfortunately, returning to the office on Monday morning could turn into a chore. Between the novelties that await you and those that you have not finished, you risk the overwork and especially a start in stress. Hence the need to prepare well for the following week. In addition to get a serene spirit and spending a few quiet days, you will have a less painful new week. Check out our tips on what to do before the weekend.
Finish the important tasks
Instead of visiting all the sites that attract your attention, would not it be better to finish the urgent and crucial files? This way, your Monday morning will be lighter.
Indeed, there is nothing more stressful than starting a new week with a urgency to treat. The pressure that comes from it can be enough to break your good mood and to demotivate you the rest of the week. Procrastination is therefore to be abolished definitively in order to avoid such a scenario.
Make a to do list
Professionals have only these words in their mouth. If you are not one of those who put together a list of things to do in black and white, it’s time to get started to better organize your following week. Simple post-its of different colors showing the importance and priority of the tasks that await you next week are enough and useful. If you prefer using technology, web applications and mobile applications are not lacking. Your electronic do-it-list is available on your smartphone, with the ability to set reminders that notify you in a timely manner, create recurrences, and more. Thus, you easily earn valuable minutes, even hours, on Monday morning at the resumption.
Make a preliminary schedule
In order to avoid stress on Monday morning, make a forecast of your tasks for each day of the following week. Do not plan heavy tasks on Monday morning. If you have meetings, Skype appointments, schedule them in the middle of the week (Wednesday or Thursday). Thus, you will also have time to prepare everything in the smallest details. In addition, if you have a meeting or seminar scheduled in the week, you won’t have to run between your office and the seminar room to finish what you have to do.
In an ideal world, everything happens as you expected. It is without counting on the vagaries and any event that you can not control: the absence of a colleague, a delay of train, an activity that requires an intervention in emergency … In short, in reality, things are rarely taking place as they were imagined. Therefore, it is essential to provide for margins.
Tidy your office
Imagine a mountain of papers gathering on your desk, food packaging in your drawers … And in your bag? These many and many invoices that found refuge at the bottom! You know for sure that the next week will begin with half an hour of housework. Be smart, before going home on Friday night,
• Classify all your files
• Store the finished projects
• Sort the papers (the post-its on the screen of the computer), the letters (which you may never have opened), the invoices …
• Throw away any unwanted material in the recycling bin
Clean your computer
Yes, we use less and less papers. Fewer printing, more digitized presentations, etc. A good gesture for our forests, but then, the files multiplies on the “desktop” of your computer. Before leaving for the weekend, take the reflex to launch a small program that cleans the “bowels” of your tools and removes unnecessary data (temporary files, recycle bin, caches and cookies from the browser, etc.)
Not only do you avoid accumulating files and folders in which you may ultimately lose you, but in addition, you maintain your computer. This allows for faster start-up, smoother day-to-day use, less crash, etc. On Monday, you start on a clean PC, everything fresh! This is important since it has a real impact on your productivity.
How to differentiate important tasks from urgent tasks?
Between what is urgent and what is important, there is a considerable difference. According to Dwight David Eisenhower: “Importance is a choice, urgency is a fact.” So, if you can not sneak in the face of the emergency, you must intervene immediately. It is a distress situation.
When you talk about important tasks, this is what you have decided to consider important. It is you who evaluate the priority of one task over others. In order to do so, you will have to rely on the respective added values.
If you apply this method, the important tasks to be carried out the day before the weekend will be naturally revealed. The whole thing is to know the weight of each project to make the right choice. Does this approach intrigue you? Ask about the famous Eisenhower matrix.
Objective: leaving work with a light spirit and come back serene
Do not see this list and these tricks as extra chores. Far from there ! Instead, the idea is to create good habits that do not take a lot of time but that helps to free you from a certain burden that is totally unnecessary to wear on days of rest. This is unproductive! These techniques are, moreover, valid for any sector of activity. Simply adapt them intelligently. When you accomplish important tasks on Friday, you can leave your mind alone, and always come back as zen. There are no surprises, and especially bad ones! It’s even more important for people who work in big cities like London or Paris, where transports and other stuff are exhausting. On Monday morning, you need to smile !