1. Get organised:
Choosing which task need to be done and how long to spend on them can be a difficult obstacle on its own; we suggest using the points below to choose your task:
• Choosing your tasks based on a combination of how much energy you have and the task priority
• The next action you actually need to take in order for your tasks to move forward
• Where you need to be in order to proceed with these tasks
2. Use your time productively:
It may seem like you have to be connected to your emails every second of the day but this can in fact put you under unnecessary stress. Seeing messages in your inbox = more work, more work which you can’t do at present. If you can’t work on these tasks right now then why check your email?
It may be useful to give yourself 10minutes at the beginning of the hour to check your emails and organise them, for the rest of that hour concentrate on completing the task in hand and NOT checking your emails.
3. Don’t waste time in meetings:
If you receive a meeting request, ask yourself if you really need to be at that meeting, or if the meeting is absolutely necessary. If not then cancel!
Ever had the problem of not being able to find something you need, when every other day it was right in your face? How frustrating is that?
Organise your desk and computer files so you don’t waste time looking for files/notes/stationary when they are needed most.
5. Take a break:
Short breaks can help you to relax, feel energised and positive, so get away from you desk for a few minutes and have some “me” time.
You could use this time to take a walk, get a cup of tea or even watch a video of a cat getting to grips with an iPad!
Once the allocated break time is up get back to your task! (happy, energised and positive)
6. Get help:
If you need assistance in how to implement these tips and more get yourself booked onto a time management workshop!
Think Productive UK offering in-house and public workshops which help to implement time management systems through the use of “at-desk” coaching. Find out more here: Think Productive UK