Credit to Author: Murali Murthy| Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 23:09:02 +0000
Today’s new WFH (Work From Home) or remote working lifestyle demands a lot from us. Effective time management means utilizing the same 24 hours carefully and working effectively and efficiently. Employers across industries appreciate individuals who can prioritize and fully optimize the time available to them.
Good time management skills can help you progress in your career in many ways. It will result in higher productivity, lower stress levels and ideal work-life balance. Here are five ways to be more efficient and manage your time better be it at your workplace or in your remote setting.
- Begin the day early
As cliched as it sounds, early to rise can make all the difference. Try waking up by 6 AM and/or setting your alarm clock to 30 minutes early. The extra time you find can be amazingly productive, and you can complete urgent tasks more efficiently without interruption. Early prioritization also helps you focus on more important tasks first than those that are less important.
- Start with a to-do list
Maintain a to-do list of short-term and long-term goals each day. This bird’s eye view of your to-do activities will allow you to accomplish tasks in an efficient manner. Being flexible about your priorities and responding quickly when they need to change is important. Making and following a to-do list reduces anxiety, helps you mark what’s urgent, what must be done by the end of day, and what can wait.
- Prioritize – Do the tough tasks thing first
Focus on the big tasks – and complete them first. Stop putting things off until tomorrow or the next day. Get the calls, the reports, the online meeting with the tough client all out of the way first and the remainder of the day is easier.
If you have several things planned, look at your to-do list and begin with those things that are most difficult, time-consuming, or simply a big hassle. You may not like doing expense reports, calling difficult clients, or calling past-due clients but when you perform these difficult tasks first, the day will go much easier.
- Avoid distractions
It’s important to manage distractions. This means saying ‘No’ to things that don’t really add any value. This also means managing your digital distractions very carefully.
Remember, you can’t do everything and while it is easier to say ‘Yes’, the ability to say ‘No’ is important too – it can help eliminate unwanted things from your schedule. Be it turning down a spot on every committee or declining a few webinar invitations, declining gracefully can help you fit more essential tasks into your schedule.
- Take breaks and sharpen the axe – regularly
Ensure that you get enough ‘me-time’. When you have a lot of tasks on hand, it is harder to stay focused. Allowing some downtime between tasks helps you clear your head and recharge yourself. Make time for yourself each day to pause, re-prioritize and to sharpen your axe.
This also ensures optimum concentration and helps you reach your highest potential.
Whatever your profession, employees who have good time management skills tend to be more efficient and are a valued asset in any organization. When you learn and maintain good time management skills, you’ll naturally be more productive, be less affected by deadline pressure and from stress in general.