So, you’ve been awake all night trying to meet your deadlines. You just ran out of coffee. You haven’t showered or eaten in days and you can’t seem to find your cat. You are officially stressed. If this sounds all too familiar, take a deep breath, you have come to the right place.
Where do I begin?
The first place to begin is to take the time out to plan! If you haven’t already created a to-do list, then do it! By writing down all your tasks on one list, you can take a step back and look at the big picture. After creating your to-do list, you should read through it and decide which tasks are most important and which ones need to get done first. The next step would be to make a tentative schedule for the week.
What are the benefits of sticking to a schedule?
By sticking to a schedule, you are ensuring that you will be in your office by a certain time. Without having a schedule, it is possible to sleep all through the morning since you never set a specific time to be in. Another benefit to sticking to your schedule is not missing lunch. I’m sure you’ve had days where you were trying to meet a deadline and you find yourself at three in the afternoon and you still have not eaten a thing. When you create a schedule you can arrange an approximate time for a lunch break.
It is also awfully important to schedule a time to leave the office. Yes, we know that you are a hard worker, but your work day needs to end at some point. It is very important to maintain a work-life balance. You must take care of yourself and maintain an adequate level of health. You don’t want to end up stressed and sick because your work will suffer, and it ends up being a loss for everyone.
Will I be able to take on more tasks?
Yes and no. When you manage your time more efficiently, this might allow you to have more time to work on projects, but sometimes you need to allocate this time to projects you already have taken on, in order to do a good job. You need to realize that it is more than okay to say no sometimes. If you do not have the time or capacity to do a project, then you should not agree to do it.
Now that you can efficiently manage your time, you can create better quality translations, therefore improving your credibility as a professional translator!