Does it feel as though you can never catch up on your work? Many people struggle to manage their time, only to leave their jobs each day feeling deflated and underproductive. Fortunately, mastering a few effective time management skills can significantly improve your job performance and help you achieve optimal productivity. Here are some of the easiest ways to better manage your time at work – and get more done!
Create a daily schedule.
Failing to create a daily schedule is essentially planning to fail! While your schedule should certainly be flexible to a degree, a pre-established schedule for your day can set the stage for more efficiency and structure – providing a framework to keep you on track and meet your primary set of responsibilities. There are numerous apps that can help you schedule your commitments, but many people find it just as easy to use an old-fashioned planner or notebook! Whatever method you use, create a realistic plan each day and try your best to stick to it.
Learn to say no.
When you work in a fast-paced setting, it’s easy to get pulled in several different directions. Learning when to say “no” to non-important activities or tasks, and prioritizing your time accordingly, is essential for your ability to stay focused and complete the projects that require your greatest attention. Additionally, embracing the skill of delegation can play a major role in this. Delegating assignments to others on your team will take extra burdens off your shoulders and ensure more gets done in a timely manner.
There are a multitude of distractions that can get in the way of productivity and job performance – including conversations with coworkers, social media updates, and emails, just to name a few. While it may be difficult to completely eliminate these distractions, there are steps you can take to minimize them so they have little interference during your day. For example, you may opt to turn off Facebook notifications on your phone during the workday. Or, you might make the decision to socialize with coworkers only during your lunch or coffee breaks. Identifying what is specifically distracting you from your work will allow you to make the most impactful adjustments.
Express gratitude on a regular basis.
Those who make a habit of expressing gratitude and counting their blessings tend to have reduced stress and greater happiness, even on the most difficult days. From thanking the barista for your coffee each morning to saying hello to others on the elevator, simple actions that show gratitude and respect for others can improve your mood and give you a renewed perspective about what’s important in life. Furthermore, when you consistently show gratitude in the workplace, you’ll be able to better cope with your emotions and build stronger relationships with others – which ultimately translates to better work experiences. A mindset of gratitude transcends to every aspect of your life, from your job to your home. Remember, the energy you project will inherently help you attract more positivity and rub off on those around you.
As you navigate your career, focusing on time management will be essential to your success. The clock doesn’t stop – but learning how to take control of your time can make all the difference.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experience creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.