Five effective time management tips

Jun 26, 2017-

 

Eliminate the unnecessary

This becomes more and more true every day. Either professionally or personally, eliminating the “unnecessary” in life goes a long way in making you more productive. What to consider unnecessary? Well, strictly speaking, anything that prevents you from reaching your particular goal. If your goal is to clean out your email inbox, then don’t spend 45 minutes on Facebook. If you have a deadline to make at work, don’t spend 25 minutes per day fielding unnecessary phone calls. Put simply, you need to draw a firm, distinct line between the “necessary” and “unnecessary” in your life. The stricter you define these terms, the more you’ll find that a lot of things are truly unnecessary in your life.

 

Plan your work

If you go into work every day having no idea what you want to accomplish, then guess what? You’ll probably accomplish nothing. Set aside ten to fifteen minutes before work and either write down or mentally plan what you want to accomplish. After you decide what you want to accomplish, then execute the plan.

 

Multitasking

Multitasking skills are a talent that not all of us possess. Realising whether you are the type of person that can do it or not is important. If you’re able to multitask, great. If you’re not, then don’t bother trying. Many people make themselves less effective by trying to multitask when they simply can’t do it. This leads to multiple projects being started and none of them being finished, sloppy work, and discouragement.

 

Know when to multitask

So, for us multitaskers, does that mean that we should just multitask our way through every single minute of every day, constantly having four or five things going at once? Absolutely not. You also have to know when not to multitask. For example, every day at work, there are four to five mundane little checklist-type things that have to be completed. They are boring and mundane. So guess what? Accomplish as many of them as at once and as fast as you can. But when your boss gives me a special project that she needs done in a timely fashion and of the highest quality, it’s probably not a good time to multitask. So, know when to multitask and when not to.

 

Reduce Interruptions

And finally, reduce the number of interruptions in your life. Realistically, you can’t reduce the number of things that are going to interrupt you, but you can alter the fashion in which you deal with them. If you are working on something important and one of your employees comes to you with something that you know can be dealt with at a later time, guess what? That’s exactly what you should do. On the other hand, if your boss calls you when you’re in the middle of something, well, that’s an interruption that is worth making a priority.

 

Final Word

Whether you are a salaried employee, self-employed, or a big-shot manager, more time will allow you to focus on the most important tasks. Being prepared, organised, and disciplined will give you the time necessary to become more productive, which will ultimately lead to more money.

Published: 26-06-2017 08:24

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