Working with Time

By whitney | February 17, 2014

Photo via Daily Dream Decor

Photo via Daily Dream Decor

Having a handle on time management at work is crucial. It keeps you productive, moving forward, and able to have a life outside of the office (see Social Schedule post). Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your working hours:

1. Each day, acknowledge and schedule out your top priorities. When I say “schedule out,” I mean block off time in your schedule to tackle  just your priorities. If you’re a morning person, block off time then. If you think better in the afternoon, do it then. During that time, shut your door, step away from the phone/email, and get after it. If you are interrupted by someone, explain that you will get back to him or her after your blocked off time is over.

2. Also, schedule a few times throughout the day to check email and return phone calls. Once in the morning, after lunch, and before you leave the office is perfect. Also, try to keep that email check under 30 minutes. Constantly having your email open or answering calls distracts you from accomplishing your priorities and can also lead to major procrastination.

3. Clear the clutter off your desk and other visible surfaces to limit distraction and bring a sense of calm.

4. When other tasks that need to get done continue to pop in your head, jot them down on a notepad specifically designated for to-dos. Having this handy notepad helps to empty your head and allows you to stay focused without fear of forgetting something important.

5. Lastly, try not to multitask. When we are continually switching from one mode to another, we actually waste time because it takes us a while to focus on the new task after having just focused on a previous one. By scheduling out when you will work on different tasks, even as something as small as checking your email, you can hone in on one thing at a time and get more done!

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