Help me learn to work faster and more efficiently
September 6, 2011 7:09 PM Subscribe
So I got some new responsibilities at my company (great!) but I am so slow at the new work it's dragging my day out too long and affecting my productivity with my existing work. Help me learn to be faster and end my long workdays before they end me.
posted by Fire to work & money (9 answers total)
My new responsibilities are theoretically easy on paper. I have to sort through feeds, social media, and a lot of other stuff to find stories/pictures/content to then repurpose by writing up updates to an entertainment news site.
Sometimes the finding can take a little while, but then there's reading through everything in order to summarize, writing, prepping the links, creating an image for each piece or a video embed or uploading a video to our server, then formatting it all properly. Someone who used to do this work told me it should only take a few minutes or so for each post, 10 max maybe, but I wake up and begin my day three hours early (I work from home) and that's in addition to preparing one or two stories before I go to bed.
It has not been long doing all of this, but it's affecting the work I was doing before greatly because this part has seemingly taken over. My boss is mostly understanding but that can't last forever. Meanwhile, today I spent more than 11 hours working without a break longer than 5 min or so just to get through my whole day, still messed up on the pre-existing job and squeaked through on the other. I can't sustain this 11-hour thing. I crashed for a 2-hour nap afterward I was so tired.
So, essentially, how can I make this news stuff go faster?! How do I become super efficient at it? It is just a matter of time or am I just being scattered somehow? I'm hoping to increase my responsibilities eventually. I made my own little mini daily editorial calendar spreadsheet, and sometimes write handwritten to-do lists.
I have so many other things to do that I need my schedule to be less crushing so I have me time. Or I will burn out.
I will state that I'm kind of a 9-5er and a clockwatcher in general, willing to work long hard hours occasionally and temporarily if there's a crunch or something, but long hours/no flexibility in general make me really miserable. I had been working long, hard hours with little sleep right before getting this job so it might be that I need a break. I work six days a week. In case all that informs your responses.
Thanks in advance.