Work Smarter in 2020

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Venn GroupNo comments


With 2020 finally upon us, many will be forming their new year's resolutions. As it is commonplace for these to focus on career success, we asked the Venn Group team for their advice on how to achieve a good working life.


"Unplug and unwind. Whilst on annual leave, if you have emails on your phone disable the account whilst you are away. If it's desperate, people will call you."
Elly Hanna - Head of Communications

"Organisation is key. Every Monday, I plan my whole week including meals, gym trips and which work tasks I have to prioritise each day. This minimises the volume of decisions I have to make, making each day less stressful"
Sarah Steward-Kirby - Executive Consultant

"We spend all day looking at computer screens, so it's good to have a break physically and mentally by having a change of scenery, even if it's just ten minutes."
Alexandra Brown - Talent Acquisition Consultant

"Own the mornings. Getting up half an hour earlier and taking things a little slower can be a real boost. Use the time to meditate, read or exercise before the day properly begins."
Ben Browning - Training Manager

"Work can be stressful. If it starts to get too much, take deep breaths in and out. This is proven to reduce anxiety and will leave you feeling relaxed and energised."
Jonathan Knight - Associate Consultant

"When you have a lot to do make sure you prioritise, break tasks down, and set yourself realistic goals of when you will complete them."
Jade Gorrod - Manager

"Whether in work or your personal life, free up time for better things by removing non-urgent and unimportant tasks from your priorities."
Mike Range - Head of Healthcare Projects

"A motto I live by is "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take", originally said by Wayne Gretsky."
Andrew Wilkinson - Senior Manager

"Think about the volume of emails you send and who you cc on emails. The impact on the effectiveness of businesses from unnecessary emails clogging up inboxes is massive."
Stuart Hamill - Financial Controller

"Take time to reflect on the positive things, it is important to always be proud of what you have achieved."
Ben Bruce-Smith - Senior Consultant

"Be good to the environment; go paperless and assign your notepad and paper diary to the bin. Learn to use the notes, calendar and to-do functions on your phone on a daily basis instead."
Keith Wilmott - Chief Financial Officer

"Make your career goals manageable. Try to think of what you want to achieve in the next few months or years and then think of the smaller steps you'd have to take to get there."
Lilyana Hristova - On-Boarding Consultant

"Get organised for the day ahead. Always write your to-do list for the next day the night before and prioritise accordingly with deadlines. That way, you can kick start ticking things off as soon as you arrive at the office."
Niki Holdich - Senior Executive Consultant

"Tasks expand to the time allotted. If you have all day to do something, it will take you all day. If you've only got an hour to do it in, you still manage to get it done! So give every task an appropriate deadline and stick to it."
James de Ste Croix - Senior Manager

"Get in your daily exercise! It really helps with maintaining my mental health, as you sweat out all those little niggles going on in your head."
Sarah Pugh - Talent Acquisition Consultant

"Find happiness in life's little pleasures. While you should always challenge yourself, this will help you to deal with more stressful times."
Faye Porter - Consultant

"Think big, work small. Hold a longer term objective in mind, but don't allow this to get in the way of the little details."
Tim Dixon - Director

"Take at least a few days of annual leave every quarter; don't leave it all to the end of the year. This stops you burning out and keeps you feeling fresh and motivated."
Frankie Gribbon - Manager

"Physical and mental health are intrinsically linked. Find a passion that pushes you physically to help you give your brain a proper break from work."
Tom Brown - Senior Manager

"Work life balance is critical. When work gets more busy, it is important you match that by proactively making time to do things you enjoy."
James Fry - Manager

"If you cannot afford to go on a long relaxing holiday, make sure you plan little trips instead. A long weekend in another city can still have the same benefits and help you to disconnect."
Irma Dzikaite - Compliance Manager

"We have two ears and one mouth and they should be used in that ratio. If you don't listen, you can't expect to be listened to."
Johnny Shaw - Senior Manager

"Invest in quality time for friends and family - turn your phone off."
Robert Bowyer - Director

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