“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.”- Miles Davis
Are you the kind of person who skips from task to task, always checking emails, organizing something, making a call or running an errand?
If you are, then this means that you often subscribe to the idea that “staying busy” means you’re working hard and are going to be more successful.
The belief may be true to an extent, but how productive are you?
Constantly staying busy does not always guarantee effective results. You need to find a new approach in how you handle your tasks so as to yield productive results.
The key is to simplify your work to avoid stress!
Here are some quick tips to steer you in the right direction:
1. Create a Daily Plan:
Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard.
Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as you can.
2. Complete the most important tasks first:
This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first.
Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.
3. Learn to say “No”:
Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.
Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care for.
4. Start Early:
If you target to be on time, you will either be on time or be late.
However, if you strive to be early, you will most likely be on time.
If you have an appointment or meeting, be there early. If there are deadlines to be met, submit them early.
Avoid procrastination, get an early start and your work life will be less stressful.
5. Block Out Distractions:
What is distracting you at work? Is it your phone that is constantly ringing? Is it social media? Text messages coming in?
Whatever it is, you have to take control and find ways to minimize them.
If you can, turn off your phone, alerts, and even internet access.
One last thing, enjoy your work!
We get so caught up in our busy schedules that we forget to balance it out.
Are you a supervisor or manager with a host of responsibilities and an overflowing schedule?
Do you suffer from procrastination? Always waiting to complete tasks at the very last minute?
Attend this time management skills training and take back control of your time.
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