Sometimes it just feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you need to. While a busy workday can be demanding, it’s easy to fall into the habit of dragging out tasks longer than necessary simply because we convince ourselves we don’t have the time.
The business world is a fast-paced environment, so it’s good to train yourself to be as efficient as possible and cut out those time-wasting bad habits early on. Not only will you enjoy a greater sense of accomplishment, being able to effectively manage your time is a skill set well worth perfecting.
Here are my five easy time management tips to help you get the most out of your day:
Create to-do lists
Putting together a to-do list for the day ahead will not only force you to be more organised, but it will help to keep you on track and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
While lists are great ways to give your day structure and focus, try not to overload yourself – be realistic with what you set out to accomplish each day and stick to it.
Learn to prioritise
Nobody can do everything at once, so learn to prioritise your workload and tackle the most pressing things first.
Any urgent jobs that need to be completed quickly should receive your immediate attention and you can devote time to less important tasks later on after you’ve dealt with the essentials.
Commit to time frames
Creating a list of things to do is all well and good, but if you fail to allocate a set time frame in which to complete it, the list can sometimes go on and on.
Delegating a time constraint for a task will encourage you to really focus and be more efficient, saving you plenty of valuable time to work on other things after.
Enthusiasm for work is a great thing, but be wary of taking on more than you can handle at once.
Making too many commitments is likely to cause you a great deal of stress and with so much to get through, you likely won’t be completing work to the best of your ability. Learning to say no to things will allow you to dedicate more time to the important tasks you really care about.
Similar to the point above, there’s no shame in asking for a helping hand if you need to now and again.
If there are elements to a job that may be better done by others, delegating some of the work will give you the time you need to fully focus on the important tasks. Utilise the team you manage or work with and don’t feel like you have to do every project single-handed.
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