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How to Work Guilt Free

calendar with planHere at NW, we’re always striving for improvement: whether it’s tweaking our curriculum for the benefit of our students or sharing helpful techniques for the benefit of our employees. We want our workplace to be warm, productive, and happy!

At work, guilt can haunt us. Persistent thoughts like, “Am I doing enough?” or “I have no idea how I’ll manage all of the tasks I’ve agreed to!” can edge their way into our minds and stick there. Over the years, I’ve grappled with how to streamline the way I do things so I can eliminate unnecessary guilt and enjoy stress-free, productive work days.

One tool from my productivity toolbox is to ask myself these two questions:

What tasks are a priority? What tasks are my personal preference?

We all have personal preferences when it comes to the things we do. These are the tasks we can’t wait to work on, and we’ll get them done without trying. The downside: we often put our preferences above important priorities. This causes problems.

Of course it’s important to pay attention to preferences. If your work load is composed of 5% preferences and 95% priorities, then it’s going to be very difficult to enjoy your job. Ideally, there will be a lot of overlap between the two.

However, as momentarily satisfying as it is to gaily whiz through our preference tasks, if we completely ignore our priority tasks, there’s a very good chance that suddenly 4 p.m. will roll around and whoops — that spreadsheet is still untouched, and there’s no way it’ll get done by tomorrow. Enter stress and anxiety. You’ll go to bed with that terrible feeling of something hanging over you, of loose ends: GUILT tugging at your brain.

Martha Stewart spends mornings on priorities and afternoons on preferences. While this structure won’t work for everyone, it’s extremely helpful to proactively delineate the two. Ask yourself every day: What are my priorities? What are my preferences? Am I spending a reasonable amount of time on each one? Plan accordingly.

What if you have too many priorities, and you’re not sure where to begin? Ask yourself this question: if I only had 2 hours to work today, what would I absolutely need to get done? This hypothetical will help you pare down your list to the most crucial tasks. Those are the ones you should tackle first.

Got any productivity tips to share or questions? Feel free to put in comments below.

Productivity is something of a hobby for many of us here at NW, and we love to share the tips and tricks we’ve learned!