The Wall Street Journal recently published a great article, To Make Yourself More Productive, Simplify, with tips that are helpful for any working person, but particularly cancer survivors readjusting to work life after a diagnosis/treatment. The articles discusses how technology and increased competition and workloads today make it hard for employees to keep up with their to-do lists, but there are some simple steps that can be taken to impact workplace efficiency and work-life balance.
Many survivors returning to work feel overwhelmed by tasks that they used to do frequently due to ongoing effects of treatment, such as chemo brain. The tips in the article can be utilized to help deal with these treatment side effects and make overwhelming workloads more manageable.
Tips from the article include:
- Commit yourself to working in uninterrupted blocks of time throughout the day.
- Schedule specific times to check email and texts as opposed to reading email as it's received (you can set to flag important messages from senders such as your boss).
- Work with your boss to prioritize important work and eliminate unproductive tasks.
- Get clarification before you start work on new projects and while you have the attention of your boss.
- Work with coworkers to streamline processes to make them more productive for everyone.