Most women have a specific time of day when they feel most productive. Take me, for example. My most productive time of day is between the hours of 6:30 am and 11:00 am. I’ve had my coffee, my kids are asleep the first few hours of that time, then they wake up excited to see each other and play after a long night in bed, then my youngest naps. By 11:00 I am spent. My productivity level drops, my eyes focus on the mess my kids made eating breakfast and playing together and I know that their individual time is up; they actually want me to play with them after this. On days when I have very little to do during my productive time, I find that I wish I had something productive to do – especially since my kids ignore my existence in the morning (I promise I’m not complaining!). Here are a few productive things you can do on a slow day at work.
If you were to decide to leave your job tomorrow and travel the world with the hot Italian businessman you met at dinner last night, would your boss and colleagues know what to do without you? Chances are they would not. When you have some free time, make it productive by organizing your job on paper. Do it month by month or week by week. Write down exactly what you do and exactly when you do it; this makes it easier for you if you get a sudden promotion and need to find a replacement for yourself, as well as your boss if you decide to move on to bigger and better things.
Clean Out Your Email
Your iPhone probably buzzes 250 times a day with emails. You may delete some and you may keep others. What you need to do is create folders for your important emails. It will help you find important correspondence at a moment’s notice and it will help you to feel a little more in control of your life. Make a folder for work correspondence, client correspondence, personal emails, receipts and whatever else suits your lifestyle.
Get to Reading
You have half an hour until you leave work for vacation and you don’t want to start any new projects. Instead, read all your correspondence from clients, coworkers and your company. You may learn about changes in the company or learn how to improve your company’s productivity. Reading important business-related materials will provide you with a little insight.