The feeling that ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ has never been truer. Even with all the advances in social media, mobile technology or even flexible working—it can be tough to get everything done in a reasonable time. If you’re working late hours or find yourself bringing work home, it may be time to rethink your current ways of working and learn to manage your time better. Here are some top lessons from the professionals for better time management.
Learn to delegate. It can be difficult to know when to let go of things or to delegate ownership to someone else. People who can delegate to others can put their energies into completing more important work instead of trying to accomplish multiple tasks at once. You can learn many useful strategies for delegating successfully to help you become a better business leader and to help you maximize your time spent on more important tasks.
Minimize distractions. One of the tips you can learn from the success of Steve Voudouris’ Turn 5 is that when it comes to working for yourself, you need to learn to minimize distractions. Creating a schedule and allow yourself time within it to make calls, answer emails and so on will help stop you from doing these things throughout the day and using them as a way to avoid completing other tasks. Turn off your phone and find somewhere quiet to work if you need to make sure you get things done.
Find out when you work best. Not all individuals work comfortably and effectively during a 9-5 day. Many people will find that they are at their most productive in the morning or after lunch or at a later point in the day. Work out when you tend to be the most productive and make sure to keep your schedule free during that time to tick things off your to-do list. Morning is a key time when people feel most energized, and it may be no bad thing to start work a bit earlier to help you complete tasks quicker. This will mean that you can leave the office earlier and have more time in the evenings for your personal life.
Learn to prioritize. It’s no big secret that some tasks are more important than others and being able to prioritize will help you work more effectively. If you feel like everything is a priority, you might benefit from some useful tips on how to prioritize better. Making lists and assessing how much time is needed to complete different tasks will help you to work better and give a fair amount of time to all tasks, rather than just focusing on the ones you enjoy.
If you feel that there are things holding you back at work like office items taking up your valuable time, then you need to address them. Make an honest assessment of how you work and which tasks take up the most of your time. Then work out how you can manage them more effectively. Learning good time management is an important skill that can benefit you at every level of your career, so make sure you start now.
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