Whether you're beginning a new position or simply trying to manage a hectic workload, there's no denying that making a few simple attempts to schedule your time is going to benefit you in the long run. Naturally, keeping a calendar of meetings, deadlines and lunch dates is, at the very least, going to prevent you from getting fired.
But beyond a calendar, creating and maintaining habits will add a lot of structure (and stress relief) to your day. We're not talking habits like regular mid-morning smoke breaks, but rather things like reserving a ten-minute period at the end of the day to tidy up your space or having a set time to file away papers [source: Cigna]. Set up systems for your workday, like ways to effectively prioritize e-mail correspondence. Setting up auto-filters that will direct e-mail to specific project folders will allow you to focus on one project at a time, for instance.