One of the best all-around skills to learn for your professional life is good time management. You will more easily get more done every day, and your professional and personal lives will become more fulfilling and more successful. Follow these simple tips to begin maximizing your time efficiency today.
Remove Potential Interruptions
Knowing your limitations will come into play more significantly later in this article. Right now, however, it should be noted that one of your greatest limitations might be your environment. Knowing your surroundings and what in your surroundings could interrupt or distract you will come in handy. Turn off your phone ringer and the television, close your door, and remove from sight and awareness anything you can see that would distract you. Inform others that you’re going to be working and ask them to kindly leave you alone.
One of the biggest potential interruptions is the internet. If your task requires you to be online then focus on the one window and the one tab or the one email that is necessary. Refrain from opening ancillary programs or browsers until you’ve completed the job at hand.
Make, and keep to, lists
One of your biggest distractions will always be whatever else you have to do. Make a list and put some thought into the ordering. Prioritize your work by importance and, of course, practicality – put jobs requiring similar tools or mindsets near each other. Once your list is made, keep to it. Start at the top and don’t worry about the next tasks until you’ve finished the current one. Having a physical, specific list of jobs to work on in which order will help keep you more focused.
Use goal keeping techniques
Set a series of very specific, nested goals with clearly defined steps to reach each one. Stick to your steps to stick to your goal. Organization is the key here.
Delegate and Outsource
Whenever you are in a position to, you should outsource the simple tasks you need done. Taking advantage of the resources you have available to you – especially other workers – will get any project completed more quickly. The easiest way to get more done in a short period of time is to (via other people) be working on several things at once.
Be efficient, no waiting
Waiting will be involved with nearly every substantial project you’re going to be working on. Whether you’re waiting for your code to compile or for somebody else to finish their portion before you can continue, you will have some downtime. A great way to maximize your efficiency is to have a side project ready for you to work on while you’re waiting. Eliminating downtime will greatly increase the amount of work you can finish in a given day.
Acknowledge that each day has only 24 hours: If you don’t respect the limitations of the day, you’re going to get burned out and accomplish much less in the long run than you would if you have a healthy understanding of what can and can’t be accomplished in a given time period. Set deadlines and as much as possible keep to them. But make sure you always set realistic deadlines.
Stick to these simple steps to maximize your time efficiency and to employ productive and impressive time management skills.