You know how important time management is for the productivity and profit. Time management as a skill that someone needs to be successful at business, however, it is noticeable when a manager or employee does not organize their time. Ineffective time management can have serious consequences in any business, including decreased productivity, a stressful business culture, a loss in clients and a loss in profit. When we begin to organize the limited time we have to accomplish our tasks, we take control and discover that we have more time for our life outside of work.
Time management is the process of how we organize the hours in our day. It is important that you understand your working behavior before you begin to identify a time management strategy that will be successful in your schedule. Ask yourself:
- When am I most productive? (time of day, day of the week etc.)
- Where do I accomplish the best work? (office, coffee shop, home)
- What inspires you to work?
- What work tasks to you avoid?
When you understand your productivity tendencies, develop a method that will fit your schedule and the demands of your job.
The following ideas will help you begin your time management strategy. Find your MODE of time management:
1) Manage your relationships
You will be more inspired and motivated to work if your business relationships are cordial and supportive. Relationships with your family and friends is also important in how you function at work. Dedicate time to nurture the social element of these relationships to help maintain a positive approach to work.
2) Organize and Prioritize your tasks
It is a good practice to identify the tasks that need to be accomplished each day, week, month or year and then prioritize them in the order of importance or urgency. I find the tool of the Eisenhower matrix to be very helpful when thinking about how to organize my day and accomplish my goals . An example of the matrix is below.
3) Declutter your work space
Remove distractions from your work space. Discover the environment in which you are most productive and keep it organized and ready for work. Eliminating distractions such as your phone, TV, music or physical clutter can help you be in a space to be more productive.
4) Engage Boundaries in your workplace
If you work at home, create a space that is exclusively for work. In any work or social environment become more comfortable saying “no” when additional requests are made. Dedicate time for your work, yourself, your family and friends to engage boundaries between your work time and family time.
Take control of your time. When you strategize and organize your time, you will reduce your stress, have time for yourself and find yourself being more productive when your time is dedicated to work.
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