If I don’t write down that I have to do something, I will immediately forget it. No joke. Whether it’s homework assignments, work duties, or personal chores, if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done.
I have, as some people call it, an unhealthy obsession with Microsoft Excel. I get excited about anything that allows me to be more efficient. With Excel, I keep finding new and better ways to do just that.
While much of Excel revolves around numbers (all right, most of Excel revolves around numbers), there are some pretty fantastic formulas and functions that allow you to quickly manipulate text. So even if you are more focused on Bible studies and mail merges than income statements, Excel can help you.
If you frequently check your work email at home, the title of this post probably already turns you off.
But I need to keep up with emails so I don't drown in them during the day. It’s not that big of a deal—it takes only a minute to open my mail app, delete some junk, and reply to a few urgent messages.
In college, I always tried to prioritize. I’d start by writing that excruciatingly long paper, then tackle the short, multiple choice quiz. Though I knew the paper would take a long time and the quiz wouldn’t happen until 3:00 a.m. when my brain power hit an all-time low, at least it was easier than writing! My plan got me through.
In the church office, work such as creating bulletins and newsletters will always take a while to complete. But you can still have a plan! We’ve compiled a list of six ideas to help you minimize those time-consuming tasks.
The phrase “optimize your time” sounds impossible. I can’t imagine being able to do more work in the same amount of time without wanting to pull my hair out. I feel like I already accomplish quite a bit, but my to-do list keeps getting longer. Sometimes it feels like I’ll never catch up on all the work that needs to be done!
To help lessen this feeling, I’ve put together a list of the 12 best ways to optimize your time—which, as it turns out, is not an impossible task.