5 Simple Steps To better Time Management
If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough time in a work day to complete your to-do list. That’s not surprising considering the fact that we’re juggling emails, our bosses objectives, our departmental objectives, networking, lunch, and (insert the remainder of your list here). I am so ready to change the way I spend my time at work that I recently attended a workshop about time management by specialist Traci L. Day, owner and founder of TDay Inustrices, LLC. Apply these 5 Steps to Better Time Management that I got from Traci’s seminar and watch your work productivity increase!
1. Make a To-Do List
Take 15 minutes at the start of every workday to make a list of all of the things that you need to accomplish. Your list can include deadlines a month or even a year out, but keep your list in one place. I have found that I will remember several tasks that I forgot if I give myself the full 15 minutes.(This simple step will help you determine your daily priorities and help keep you on task as throughout the day.)
2. Start With 15 Minutes Of Easy Tasks
Traci recommends this step because accomplishing several small tasks before you start a larger more time-consuming task is a great way to build morale and remind yourself that you can and will finish your assignments.
3. Give Yourself 35 Minutes To Get The Hard Stuff Done
Set aside this time to work on the difficult tasks you may be tempted to put off. This allows you to chunk difficult assignments into pieces so that you’re making consistent progress.
4. Take Breaks
After 15 minutes of easy tasks and 35 minutes of difficult tasks, celebrate! Give yourself 10 minutes to walk around your office, go outside, talk to your co-workers, or another activity that helps you relax your mind before applying steps 2-4 (in that order) again.
5. Learn To Say No (politely)
It’s normal for new tasks to come up throughout the work-day, but they can easily side-track you if you don’t remember your goal- to be the most efficient employee you can be. Politely say no to tasks that are not your job and require you to step in someone else’s lane.
Better time management can help you accomplish more in a day than you ever have. What is a tip that’s helped you make the most of your time at work or at home? Leave a comment below!
Gloria is now the Projects & Marketing Manager at The Bethlehem Center.
She started at the Beth as an unpaid intern and she's been here ever since doing everything from administration to event planning and social media.
She's a proud Moc (UTC alumni) passionate about learning everything Latin (including Spanish).
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