Time management is something that most people want to improve on – especially at work. A survey by salary.com found 89% of the respondents admitted to wasting time every day at their job. With cell phones, social media, and the frequent emails distracting us, being successful at time management is progressively harder to achieve. However, utilize these 6 tips, and you’re on your way to fewer distractions and more productivity at work.
1. Set reminders for all your tasks
The key to time management success is to know your deadlines and set reminders. We suggest setting a reminder 15 minutes before a meeting or event so you can prepare and gather your things.
2. Create a daily planner
Make a list of the tasks that you need to accomplish that day, and note in upcoming meetings or deadlines as you become aware of them. As you complete your list, make sure to tick off the tasks you have completed.
3. Give each task a time limit
On your daily list of things to do, pen in how much time you think each task will take you. If you don’t finish, stop when the time you allotted ends, and come back to it later. Sometimes moving on to different responsibilities and then coming back gives your mind a fresh start and a new perspective.
4. Block out distractions
First and foremost, turn off your email notification. Set 30-minute blocks to check your email every couple hours instead of checking it every 15 minutes. Make sure you minimize non-work distractions such as your cell phone, social media, or your favorite online store.
5. Establish routine
While at work, create a routine that makes the most sense for your position. Why is this important? For starters, if a chaotic day comes along, you’ll still work through the issue while adhering to your routine. By sticking to your routine, you won’t be able to procrastinate. Most importantly, your mental health and stress levels will thank you.