Who has time for time management? You do! Why? Because when you become more productive, your staff will follow your lead, and in turn, your company will become more productive. Here are five ways to tweak your time management skills.
Figure out when you’re the most productive.
Do you get to work early to answer emails, make your to-do list for the day, and get started before anyone else can interrupt you? Or does your energy ramp up as the day progresses, and you knock out tasks one by one later in the day? Pay attention to your energy levels and conquer the day accordingly.
It’s OK to say no.
Believe it or not, there is more power in saying no than you may think. Being able to communicate your boundaries will keep you and your team more efficient. In fact, it’s not really about saying no, it’s more about saying – I can help you with this, but it will be tomorrow or later this week. Your staff will respect your honest response. And be sure that your team understands they can respond to others in the same way.
Procrastination is a good thing?
That’s right – your instincts may be telling you something! If you don’t feel inspired or ready to work on a project or task, take time out. Go for a walk or tackle a less taxing task. When you feel refreshed and accomplished, return to that pesky project and dive in!
Speaking of time outs…
Yes, we know, you’ve heard it all before. When you’re working, be sure to take breaks during the day. But you think – I don’t have time for that! Yes, you do. Research shows that taking small breaks, such as standing up, stretching, or looking/stepping outside for just a couple of minutes, breaks the pressure of constant work and will help you be more productive.
If all else fails, maybe it’s time for a change.
You’ve tried the tricks of time management, and nothing is helping – you just don’t feel inspired to work on your projects. Then you may want to consider whether your job is still a challenge. Talk with your manager about how you can take on or help with different projects. Perhaps it’s time to look for another position within your company, or it may even be time to make a more substantial career move.
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