Seven Time Management Skills to Bring to 2013January, 10 2013
Sometimes there is so much work to do, we could use another hour or two in the day. Time is one of the most valuable assets, even more important than tangible resources such as computers or cell phones, according to a survey on eVoice.
As long as you are in the workforce, work will continue to come your way. The most successful leaders manage their time efficiently and take action to accomplish more every day.
Know when to delegate and pass tasks to employees who have the skills necessary to complete them efficiently and on time. Delegation enables others to become involved and develop their abilities. It ultimately allows for overall growth and productivity.
Organize Your Day
To-do lists help you keep track of daily tasks you need to complete and help you plan your time. Brans also suggests that you pay attention to regular fluctuations in your physical and mental energy levels throughout the day. Determine when you feel most energetic and productive, then schedule your high-value work during your peak energy periods.
Learn to Say No
You aren’t Superman and can’t do everything all on your own. This goes with the previous point of delegating tasks. Brans says to, “Get good at saying no to other people.” If things aren’t consistent with your priorities, say no when you are asked to do them. Finish what is important, and stop tasks that aren’t worthwhile.
Look for Better Ways
There’s always a better or more efficient way to get work done. Look at tasks you do regularly and find ways to improve how you do them. Brans suggests you build solid processes that last and run without your attention.
Set Small Attainable Goals
You have a list of tasks you need to accomplish in a given month, week, or even day. Brans says to break those goals into small units of work. Focus on one task at a time and don’t focus on the big goal.
Set Aside Time to Focus and “Me” Time
There might be a task you loathe so set aside time to focus and get it done. You also need time for yourself, whether it’s a 15 minute break or an hour. Take a step away from your desk and do something you enjoy. It might be a walk or a coffee break. If you don’t take any “me” time, you’ll burn yourself out.
Time is a valuable commodity. It’s constant and irreversible. Once wasted, it can never be regained. Leaders have numerous demands on their time, but we can all learn better ways to manage it effectively.
What other time management habits will you bring into 2013?
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