Many people share a common opinion: “There aren’t enough hours in the day..”. Time management is a skill that can be learned. So, repeat after us: “There are enough hours in a day..” and read on.
- Managing Interruptions. A flood of information and any kind of distraction is constantly around us. Set strict rules and block out time in the day for checking emails and other side tasks. The purpose is that You own the information and technologies, not the other way around.
- Addicted to be Busy. It is essential to focus on tasks and problems which really matter. Don’t be tempted to do mundane tasks filling up your time, because (if) you like the feeling of being busy.
- Multitasking Just for the Sake of It. Multitasking is rather making you less productive. When multitasking you actually have a great amount of interruptions management involved. Unless it is urgent, focus on one task at a time. Once finished move to the next one.
- Prioritization. Examine your to-do list. It is really important to figure out what is most important, what can stay on hold, what is needed to be done as a prerequisite for other tasks. The mastery here is to realistically allocate the time needed for different tasks. Consier also tasks related to personal, organizational or other goals. It is possible that some of these tasks may rise up in priority unlike the way your colleagues think.
- Taking too Much Workload. Learn to say no and confirm if you can deliver within schedule. Accepting any task and trying to help everyone is very likely to get you into trouble. Once again, analyze the time and resources before taking over a side task.
- Delegating Tasks. It is the manager’s job to evaluate skills and abilities of the team members and distribute workload so that objectives and goals are met. Once having done that, the particular persons charged must have a level of autonomy to do their jobs. Team members on different level should be able to take responsibilities and develop themselves, both personally and professionally. Make sure you are clear what you expect as an output.
Use your time wisely and find your way on how to prioritize and handle tasks.