by Miguel Lesy on May 28, 2015 3:29:50 PM
Could you be managing your time a little more effectively? Do you frequently wish you accomplished more at the end of your workday? But how? There are so many hours in the day, right? How can you possibly squeeze more work out of an eight hour day? With demands high, the pressure is on to produce at alarmingly high rates. So how can you keep up? By avoiding these common time management mistakes, and keeping yourself on an efficient working path.
10 most common time management mistakes
Avoiding the time management mistakes
So, now that you know what the most common time management mistakes are, how can you avoid them?
Make that to do list! By having clear tasks right in front of you, it will help you maintain focus throughout your workday, and even your workweek.
Set clear goals. This way, you know what’s expected of you, and how much time you have to do it. Goals can be a very effective time management tool.
Attainable deadlines. Deadlines are only helpful if they’re attainable. Missed deadlines hurt morale and irritate clients. So make sure you set achievable deadlines, taking all factors into account (things like your employees strengths and circumstances, holidays, vacation time, etc.). Doing so will go a long way with effective time management.
Prioritize. Make sure that you understand which tasks are most important, and do those first. This way you are not only working and checking things off your list, but you’re working smart.
Eliminate distractions. Stop procrastinating, get off Facebook or YouTube, and just do the work. You’d be surprised at how much you can get done in 10 distraction-free minutes.
Manage your emails and phone calls. Just like any of your other tasks, make sure you prioritize and take control of your emails and calls. Don’t get stuck on a forty minute call that could’ve lasted five if you’d kept the conversation on task. Answer all your important emails first, and leave the rest for later.
Keep a time log. This can help you identify how you are spending your time, and if there are areas you need to eliminate distractions or add breaks.
Take breaks. Studies show that short, frequent breaks are highly effective in increasing productivity in a long workday. So, get up, step outside, take a walk, or do something to refresh your brain so you can get back to work.
Delegate. Don’t be an island when it comes to your job. Identify your team’s strong qualities and delegate tasks to them based on those strengths. This will keep your business humming along, and keep you checking things off your to do list.
With these tools at your disposal, you should be able to structure your day more efficiently, and be exponentially more effective with your time management. And what can you expect from that? More work done, more happy clients, and more success under your belt. Who would’ve thought that something as simple as effective time management could add up to all that?
May 28, 2015 3:29:50 PM