Of course, every place of business has their own set of rules along with typical workplace rules. But there are also those unspoken work rules and tricks that most people have as well. For me, I have specific “unspoken rules” that I always follow no matter the job.
These rules help me stay on top of things, stay connected, and work to the best of my ability whether I am working from home or in the office. Everyone has their own things that work for them and help them, but here are 4 work rules that I always follow that tend to help me.
Stay In Contact with Other Employees and Boss
This may seem like an obvious one, but if you are working with people you don’t see often throughout the day, you may easily lose contact. Staying in contact with your boss and other employees (that you need to stay in contact with) consistently throughout the day is crucial. Not only will you have a better bond and connection with them, but you will stay on task.
There are many updates and changes that occur throughout the day, so checking in regularly can be extremely beneficial. Although it is important to stay connected, make sure you are not overdoing it and thus becoming a nuisance.
Check E-mails Regularly Throughout the Day
For most places of work, e-mails come through constantly each and every day. A lot of these e-mails may be spam, junk, or not necessarily important, but keeping up with your inbox will help the important ones not get lost.
E-mail is one of the best forms of communication in the business world. Staying on top of it will guarantee you to stay on top of your job, tasks, client communication, and/or company news. A word of caution though, while you want to stay on top of your emails, make sure it is not taking over your day. Get on a “schedule” to check emails each hour, 3-5 times a day, every half hour, or whatever works best for you.
Write Things Down
In today’s day and age, technology is in just about everything we do. Sometimes we can get so caught up in technology we completely forget writing things out is even an option. For me, writing things down helps me to remember and keep track of things. To-do lists (and lists in general) are one of the things that get me through each day and helps me to stay on top of the numerous things I have to do that day.
Not only do I make lists for just about everything, I write everything down in my planner, too. Yes, I know, we have phones that can easily manage that for us, but there’s just something about seeing it in writing.
I can easily flip to a weekly page or monthly page and see everything I need to see in one glance. Of course, I write everything down for work (due dates, tasks, things I need to do, etc.), but I can keep track of the social aspects of my life, as well.
Don’t Overdo It
Multitasking is something I really perfected in my college years. This is a skill I am definitely thankful for, but sometimes multitasking doesn’t necessarily mean “better”. Taking tasks one at a time is important. You’ll be solely focusing on the task you are completing, therefore making it better overall.
This is also important for your mental health and not bombarding yourself with the stress of doing a hundred things at one time. Doing this will never result in work that’s done to the best of your ability.
Everyone has a way of doing things that work for them. These “rules” are things that help me take on each day and complete my work the best I can. What are some rules or tricks you follow that help you at work? Leave a comment below!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.