There comes a time during the working year when you have no choice but to work over time. You have a big project that needs completion. You also have an annual evaluation and your records have to be spotless. You may also have an annual activity where your organizing skills are required. These tasks are usually done as a group so it would not look good if you still go home early while everyone else is finishing things up late.
At this point, you just have to power through and spend longer days just to get things done. There are tricks you can do in order to survive this situation.
Finish up other tasks
Before you focus your attention on this big project, you might have other tasks that need to be finished. You better spend your time on that task. You can’t afford to work on something big and feel distracted just because there is something you think you should be doing. Once you are done with this task, your entire attention can now be given to that big project.
Try to zone yourself with work
People have different working styles. Most people do well when they have already centered their attention on one task and they want to get it done on time. You should do the same. Find out what work you need to finish and devote your time and effort on that task. Just concentrate on it and the rest will follow. Otherwise, you will keep procrastinating up until you are unable to do anything at all.
Take a nap
Depending on the type of work that you have, napping is quite impossible. However, if you can sneak out even for just 20 minutes to take a nap, it can help you do better. Everyone else might already feel tired and down after office hours, but you still have the energy that can extend through the night. It is as if you have just woken up.
Bring a lot of food
Most people would say not to eat while working since you could end up eating a lot. This is true, but given the nature of the job, you have to. Sometimes, people are irritated because they don’t have anything to eat. When you are working and eating at the same time, you will feel more positive and can focus more on the tasks at hand.
Prepare a meal before leaving home
There must be something for you to look forward to at the end of the day. This will give you enough inspiration to keep working hard even if you are going beyond your time. You know that in the end, you have a reward for your hard work.
It is not easy working for a few more hours just because there is something big coming up. You want to be a team player though so you try doing everything you can to help. You just have to manage your time well so you can get things done on time and with quality.
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