To finish all your assignments each day, you have to work efficiently. To be efficient, you need to decide the order in which to do your tasks. For example, you are assigned to work with an elderly client from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Your supervisor has told you that this client needs some housekeeping, dinner preparation and personal care. When you arrive at the client’s home, you see what tasks need to be done. It is a good idea to make a list of the tasks you will do and the order in which you will do them.
Two hours is not a lot of time to do all those tasks. You will have to work quickly. You will not have any extra time to turn on the television or sit down and have coffee. If you had not planned the tasks before you started, you might have spent too long cleaning the kitchen and never have made dinner. Making a list of tasks helps you be most efficient. It is also helpful to include the client in your planning. A client may not cooperate with your schedule if he or she has different priorities. It takes good communication, and sometimes negotiation, to arrange a schedule that works.
If you run out of time with a client, you have to stay late to finish all your tasks. That makes you late to your next assignment. You then do not have enough time to do everything the next client needs. Completing assignments efficiently means you are not always running late. It means you will do a better job.
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