To achieve the most we can, it’s essential we manage our time well. Here we list a few ways we can get the best of the hours available to us at work.
1.Understand your roles
Unless you clearly understand what it is you are supposed to be doing, it’s extremely difficult to use your time in a productive and worthwhile way. Clarify what you should be doing before you start or you’ll drift along aimlessly.
2.Know your goals
Do you know what it is you’re aiming at? It’s impossible to feel a sense of achievement if you can’t recognise the end when you get there. Set clear goals for the day ahead.
The first 30 minutes of the day sets the tone for the hours that follow. Use this time productively and you’ll be fired up to continue achieving for the rest of the day. Waste this time and you’ll underachieve all day.
No one can work effectively with a messy desk or office and even if you think you can, have consideration for those who have to pick up your role when you’re not there. You should work towards having an organised workspace with everything in its place.
5. Work to limits
A ‘To Do’ list is great for keeping track of what you need to do but the temptation to just keep adding everything that pops up that day to it can leave you feeling like you’re running round in circles. Try keeping 2 lists one for things that need to be done today and one for things that can be done on another occasion.
6. Commit to the high pay off activities
Good time management in the workplace means applying the 80-20 principle whenever possible. Avoid the temptation to concentrate on the tasks you like rather than the ones with the highest pay off and don’t allow yourself to be
sidetracked by saying ‘yes’ to every demand on your time.
7. Think ‘little and often’
A full tray or inbox can be daunting and leave you tempted to focus on the top few items but what happens to the rest? Inevitably, they get left. To avoid this, systemise your workload to ensure everything gets done. If you have an ongoing project work on it a little every day and it won’t keep getting put off
8 Use Stephen Covey’s Time Quadrant
End the day by planning what needs doing the next day. That way you can start your first 30 minutes achieving something and set the tone for the rest of the next day!