There are a lot of things that can go right and wrong in the business world, staff changes, costs outweighing profits, COVID-19 impacts, and more. However, one of the most important things that you can do for yourself, whether you own your own business or work as a part of one, is to better manage your time.
Through better time management, you can not only impress your boss or simply get more done, if you are the boss, but you can also reduce the amount of stress you have in general.
Not sure where to start? Here are some useful tips that are designed to help you improve your time management this year.
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1. Maximize Your Productivity
One of the things that better managing your time will do is allow you to maximize your productivity. This can be done in a number of ways.
Google Chrome allows you to download an extension like BlockSite – this extension allows you to target websites that frequently distract you from your work (looking at you, Facebook), and have them ‘blocked’ for certain periods of time that you select. By minimizing access to distractions, the idea is that you’ll remain focused for longer.
2. Develop Your Career
This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of time management – the furtherance of your career, whatever your career is.
For example, if you are an interior designer, one of the ways in which you develop your career through better time management is to block off certain hours of the day so you can simply focus on drafting up 3D models for your clients.
Even if that’s just one hour, block off all distractions, if you work at home, lock the office door, and just design and that’s all that you do. It’s a great way to forget about other work or life issues in general, and it will help you to get the task completed.
This will help you deliver finished designs to your clients much faster than if you’re trying to juggle emails, designs, and research.
3. Ability To Set & Meet Goals
There’s no better feeling than achieving a goal that you’d set for yourself. If you can manage your time successfully, then you give yourself a better chance of reaching your goals.
If you don’t have goals currently, then the creation of those goals and beginning the journey to execution will also require a good amount of self-discipline and time-management skills. As a matter of fact, you may develop these skills as a result of your newly-set goals.
Goal creation in and of itself is better served by more effective time-management. If you’re able to slow things down, you can think carefully before setting goals for yourself. ‘Is this an achievable goal?’, ‘Do I really need to accomplish this goal now, or can I put something more pressing ahead of it?’ and so on.
Setting achievable goals will become easier, rather than just picking a goal randomly because you are so scatterbrained and you feel like you have no time to dedicate to anything.
How Does It Translate Into The Business World?
Better time-management has a whole bunch of personal benefits. But how can that translate into your professional life? If you are better able to manage your time, you will be less stressed, which means you’ll not bring that stress into the office – or into the home at the end of the day.
You can also focus better on the tasks at hand. Don’t let your personal goals interfere with your business goals, or if they do interfere, make sure that they’re synonymous with each other. You will likely have to make sacrifices if your goals run in contradiction to each other.
You’ll be more productive, which translates to more of whatever it is that you do for your business/employer. This will make them happy; they, in turn, will make you happy.
The development of good time-management skills will make you better able to manage other things in your life, both personally and professionally.
You won’t feel so overwhelmed, in general, because you’ll have set hours for doing things and meeting your goals. Time management skills are critical to the success of your life, work on their development and you’ll thank yourself for it.
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Author: Luke Fitzpatrick