We get it. We understand that work is hectic and that it’s sometimes hard to manage your time effectively. However poor time management can cause a host of problems including missed deadlines, lower than expected performance at work and unwanted stress.
Sufficient management of time can help you stay on top of your tasks and get more done. Therefore, we have put together a few simple steps to help you become a time management expert at work.
Plan ahead and focus on the main task.
You can only make the most of your time when it’s thoroughly planned. Instead of completing a list of tasks with no structure or reasoning, create a plan and make sure you complete a task before you move onto another one. Don’t lose focus and try not to be distracted by work that comes in or emails and phone calls you receive.
Prioritise the workload.
Look through all your tasks and order them based on the urgency in which they need to be completed – be smart about what needs completing and when. You may need to confirm deadlines with colleagues in order to plan your workload effectively. Prioritisation can help align your focus and highlight your ability to cope with a demanding work environment.
Set a time limit to each task.
Set yourself timescales to complete tasks. Having a deadline can increase motivation and ensures you are on track to complete the work for that day. It will also prevent your work from dragging on throughout the week.
Incoming emails, social media, or someone chatting to us in the office can distract us from the task at hand. However, these distractions add up and can cost us valuable time. Try and be aware of what distracts you most and make a conscious effort to keep your attention on the work you need to complete.
Effective time management can help you deal with the demanding nature of your job and our simple steps can help you on your way to having a more stress-free and organised work life.