Happy Friday! Are you struggling with how to make your work week more organized and productive? TGIF!
I work in the Clinical Research world, providing Regulatory Consultancy Services to multiple investigators involved in research with children. I work with Researchers doing a lot of hard work in trying to find cures for pediatric diseases (some of which are very rare) including, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD), Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), etc.
The nature of my job means that I could be working on 5 or more trials, sometimes at the same time. Which meant that I needed to devise ways to make my work week more productive, given the complexities surrounding some of the studies I work on. And more so because, the trials are often at different stages: pre-launch, launch, post-launch or close out. Therefore, being maximally productive, while also ensuring that I provided top-notch services to the investigators I work with, became paramount for me.
So, this is what I did. And I do it every Friday, before heading home for the weekend.
I drew up the schedule for the following week on Friday afternoons. For every single day of the work week; I listed all the projects I would be working on, in order of priority and made sure I did my best to stick to my schedule.
Consistently keeping a journal for each new week, with plans I had written down from the previous Friday, helped me stay organized and focused. Because, my productivity increased so much that I often went to my Manager asking for more work (who even does that!), because I was finishing up my projects in less time than usual.
I decided to try out this approach after finding out that I spent time figuring out what my schedule for a new week would be, whenever, I came in on a Monday morning. Also, ensuring that I prioritized my assignments proved to be helpful, as I made sure I took care of more demanding projects at the beginning of the day, when the brain functions maximally.
If you work with multiple projects (or even single projects with a lot of moving parts to it) and find you are having a bit of trouble on Monday mornings, trying to figure out what you have to do for the week, this may be a simple strategy to adopt. As simple as it seems, it actually made a whole lot of difference in the way I functioned at work.
So, rather than running out the door on Friday afternoons, you may want to spend an extra 15 minutes planning for the next work week. Do this consistently for 1 month, and see if this makes a difference in your productivity.
To your continued success. Cheers!!!