I’d like to think that everyone loves to be the underdog. What I mean is this: we may have dealt a horrible hand but coming back in the end with “HA! I proved you wrong!” is something we all enjoy. This may seem nearly impossible when and if you’re at work sitting behind a pile of paperwork that seems like it will never get done. Or it may seem 100% crazy to be underdog when you’re staying up late, struggling to finish a case load. Well here are a few tips to come right back in the final inning with a “POW! Right in the kisser!”
1) Time Management is Everything! – Working sporadically rarely gets things done. Organize and manage your time wisely. When you plan things out, you’ll know exactly what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. It may take a few days to get used to but your mind will automatically set an alarm saying, “Hey! You need to move to the next thing.” It’s a great help in the end.
2) Take Some of It Home. – If you’re able to and your employer is cool with it, take some of your work home. This gives you more time to work on things. The seven hours of work (8 hours minus 1 hour, roughly, for lunch) may not seem like enough. If you’re stuck with a ton of work, take a small amount of it home. Being in your comfort zone without co-workers, phones ringing, and other noises may help you work faster and focus better. Find what works for you.
3) Work at Your Own Pace! – I’m not saying you should work at a glacial speed, nor am I saying you should run through your work like Speedy Gonzalez. When you find a comfortable speed to work at, stick with it. Don’t worry about how John, Paul, or Susan is working. They work at their speeds and you work at yours. Don’t be intimidated. If they’re turning their case loads faster than you are then go back to tip #2. Take some of it home and you just might be able to turn in your case loads before them.
4) Quality over Quantity, any day! – This is very important. When you’re working towards a deadline, don’t rush through things (unless you have a million and one things to do and a few days left). Manage your time wisely and make sure your work is done to the best and fullest of your ability. Re-read, re-read, and re-read some more. Make sure everything is excellent. You may be turning things a little later than John, Paul, and Susan but when it comes to quality, the caliber of your work will be top notch.
If you use these four tips, that mountain of paperwork on your desk will only look like an ant hill.