Time management is one of those jargon terms that we all know is imperative to business success, but is mastered by very few. We’ve come up with a list of tips to help you manage your time and boost business.
Establish time limits.
Putting time limits on tasks will create a sense of scarcity that will push you to reduce chances of procrastination and be more efficient in your workflow.
Make a log of all thoughts, conversations and activities for one week.
Keeping a record of one week’s worth of conversations and activities will help you realize if your time is being spent producing end results or is being wasted on unproductive moments.
Learn to say no.
According to investor guru Warren Buffet, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Learning how to juggle various commitments and manage time is crucial, but learning to say no at the right time can help you drastically improve your productivity and efficiency.
Focus on the task at hand.
Immerse yourself entirely in the task at hand. Listen to music to drown out the chatter of coworkers. Turn your phone on silent. Get rid of any distractions that could take your focus from your top priority. Draw a definitive line between the necessary and the unnecessary, and eliminate the things that are wasting your time at work.
Value your time.
Seeing your time as valuable will help others to realize it shouldn’t be wasted. Value your time and everyone else will do the same.
Create a daily action plan.
Planning out your day the night or morning before work will help you have a better grasp on your priorities and agendas. Stick to the plan as best you possibly can to help you effectively manage your time spent at work.
Pick 3 battles.
Make a list of priorities and resolutions and pick your top three. It’s unfortunate but important to be realistic and remember that winning at something usually means you must fail somewhere else.
Be ruthless when setting priorities.
Put the most important items first on your to-do list, but make sure what you think is important, really is that important.
Know when to multitask.
If you’re the type of person who possesses the ability to multitask, know what projects can be reasonably juggled and which ones need your entire and devoted attention. But remember, multitasking isn’t for everyone.
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