Time management at work
Time Management in the workplace is more important than ever before. The combination of technology that makes you available 24x7, the ever increasing expectations of owners and shareholder to produce more AND the community pressure to achieve work-lfe balance means that time is clearly our ost precious resource.
How can we get control of our time and be more effective at work -- which then leads on to having some work-life balance? Unfortunately there is no magic wand that makes this easy. There are many time management tips and time management systems that help enourmously. BUT, what we have seen is that most people need a personally developed time management system, rather than adopting a predefined system.
There are many aspects to time management in the workplace. Here are a few concepts that will help you get control of your time. You can also check out the Time Management Systems and Time Management Planners pages on this site
Here are some specific ways to improve your time management at work and reduce the number of hours you spend at work.
Have a Plan for the year and each 90 day, 30 day and 7 (5 working) day block. To use your time well you need to be clear about the outcomes you want and the key tasks that will get you there. If you fail to plan you plan to fail -- AND waste a lot of precious time while failing. Download our one page plan and try it for your 30, 90 or yearly plans.
Learn how and when to say NO One major way that people are wasting time is to say yes to too many things. We see this happen all the time and our readers tell us the same thing. Ultimately saying yes when you don't have the time, motivation, interest or perhaps skills to do the task is a sure way to create massive stress and destroy your time management at work. So, when do you say no? An how? First, you say no when the task is not connected to your KPIs. See how to agree on and document with your manager your performance measures and targets. Second, you say no when you are at capacity - that is you can just manage the work you have and no more. Try out the know your capacity Time management activities
Delegate more often and more effectively. This includes getting your staff, peers and bosses to do their work. A major hurdle to effective time management at work is doing other people's work for them. Just about every manager or owner that we have worked with has fallen in to this time trap at some stage of their career. Those who have recented been promoted or have a management/supervisor role and have not had management training are very prone to this. An effective manager gets work done through their team. Technically this ia realtively simple process. The 10 steps to effective delegation every time outline this process Download the effective delegation process . Except that simple and easy are NOT the same thing. Try the 10 step process and let us know how you go.
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