Everyone has the same amount of time in a day. The way we choose to use that time is what sets apart the average people from the successful. We all have different ways of defining success, and no matter what that definition is, time management is essential. When we let ourselves become overwhelmed, we feel unnecessary stress, become disengaged, and unmotivated. Meeting our goals and increasing our productivity can only happen when we learn to effectively use our time.
Scrambling for more time at the end of the day calls for an evaluation.
How did you spend your time?
What is the status of your latest projects?
If you're “the boss” how are the people around you feeling about their workload and the time they have to achieve their delegated tasks?
Could you have used your time better?
If you're not happy with your answers, you may start to look around for advice and resources to help increase productivity and promote a healthy family/work life balance. Well, we want to be a resource for you!
Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you better manage your time…
Listen-your team and coworkers' opinions matter. Learn from them and listen. Not listening the first time can be a huge waste of time!
Finish-Don't start projects and leave them. Work to completion as much as possible. Successful people are finishers.
Focus-Jumping from one thing to the next produces chaos and disorganization that ultimately ruins productivity. Maintain focus on the task at hand.
Plan-Before starting the day, get organized and prioritize your work, meetings, and projects. Also, don't forget to give yourself time for those much-needed breaks