Time management matters.
There are only 24 hours in a day, none of which can ever be reclaimed. Once time is gone, it’s … gone. Effective time management makes you more efficient, calmer, more relaxed, and more in control. Who doesn’t want that? It also gives you more energy and enables you to achieve what you want and need to, faster and with better overall results. Ultimately, it helps you to enjoy life more. Again, that’s what it’s all about, right?
Here are three tips to help you make it happen:
Disorder and chaos tend to accumulate as your day goes on. So, first thing in the morning, make a “to do” list. And if there’s a job you really, really need to check off, do it first. Then, you’ll never have a day when you haven’t accomplished anything important.
You’re less likely to be productive or make the best decisions at the end of the day. Your energy is depleted by then, and your willpower is drained. So, buck up and get the hard stuff done early. You will feel so much better as a result.
2. Be fully engaged in the task at hand.
In an age of constant distraction, your attention often is naturally split between what you should be doing and all the outside noise. Eliminate “half work.” Here’s an example of how it gets in the way: You start writing a report at 9 a.m., but stop randomly during the morning to check your phone or open Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Or, during a conference call, your mind wanders and you start opening unrelated email messages.
The result is always the same. You’re never fully engaged in the task at hand. Then, it winds up taking you longer to complete it, or you leave it incomplete at the end of the day. Hello, stress and frustration!
Half work is the reason you get more done on your last day before vacation than you did in the previous two weeks. Carve out time every day to work on your most important assignments. If necessary, leave your phone in another room – or at least, silence it – and shut down your email and social media accounts till the job is done.
3. Just say no.
If you’re the boss, of course, this is easier. You can delegate and make key decisions about what gets done, and when. But if not, and you’re overwhelmed, have a conversation with your boss regarding the best use of your time.
Work smarter, not harder. At some point, you need to learn how to decline certain opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those that you know you have time for, is of value to your company, and you truly care about. (Ideally, they should meet all three of these criteria.) Slow down, notice what really needs to be done, and concentrate on those things.
Throughout your career, time management will be critical to your success. It’s one of many skills you need to sharpen on a continuous basis. It can be overwhelming to consider everything you need to think about as you realize your professional goals – including finding the ideal position with the employer of your choice. TRC Professional Solutions can help. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.