When everything seems like it’s number one priority, it’s time to take a step back and decide what’s most important. It may seem difficult to place something on the back burner, but if you try to complete everything all at once, nothing is going to get done—and if it does all get done, it won’t be your best work. It’s better to take more time to complete the task and do the best job possible than to rush through it.
Asking for help when it seems impossible to complete a task is okay too. I have difficulty asking for help, but as it’s starting to get busier in the office, I’ve realized that I need to open up to the help being offered and let go of tasks that don’t require me to complete them.
WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN.
I never used to write anything down. Being a Server, you don’t have time to… Table 45 needs water, 43 needs their bill, I forgot the ketchup for 42 and 44’s food is ready.
Since being a Recruiter, I’ve learned that writing everything down is crucial to keeping everything organized and prioritized. I always felt that I had a good enough memory to avoid writing everything down, and then I started to miss things… “Did I send that email?” “Why is that resume in my ‘called’ file, but there isn’t any call recorded?” Post-It notes have proven to be a lifesaver for me.
CLEAN UP YOUR INBOX.
I like to think that I’m a fairly organized person, so organizing my inbox and filing emails accordingly helps keep my sanity. I have folders for EVERYHING. Rather than looking through 2,435 emails to prove that I sent a specific interview reminder last week, I can look into my “Interview Reminders” folder and find it immediately.
Once the emails that I have received are read and responded to, I delete them. I find it very distracting to look at my inbox when it’s full of emails that are no longer pertinent. Unless the email is pressing and I will require it for future reference, I like to keep my inbox as empty as possible.