Are you one of those people who wakes up eager and ready to face Monday, or do you wake up dreading the week ahead, remembering with sadness the one million and one things you forgot to do last week, and the tasks you’re already planning excuses for failing at this week? Do you wait for the inevitable query about a project or event you have forgotten about?
Effective time management is a powerful tool utilized by highly effective people and is the bedrock of maintaining high productivity within the office. With efficient time management, tasks are recorded, completed, and processed as and when needed along with planning for unseen events. Here are some tips for better time management at work:
1. Start your day by planning ahead, and drafting your to do list. Be specific how you want your week to go and include time for taking phone calls, checking your emails, consulting with your boss and colleagues, and carrying out your routine administrative tasks.
2. When you write out your to – do list, don’t throw it in the corner of your desk and forget about it. Keep it close to you or add it to your PC as a note or on your handheld mobile device. Check the list periodically during the day to ensure your are on schedule and not forgetting anything.
3. Don’t panic if things prop up and take a deep breath when your boss asks your to submit things to him/her with a new deadline that upsets your to-do list. Take a deep breath and simply factor these things in while juggling events accordingly. The trick is to be as flexible as possible and embracing rather than fighting any changes that crop up.
4. Your computer is not a glorified typewriter and your blackberry does more than save you from boring situations by allowing your tweet and chat with friends. Technology has evolved to the point that handheld, mobile, and fixed computer equipment are necessary and vital components of our everyday life and powerful business tools. However there is so much at our disposal that can vastly improve our effectively at work. Free business apps on I-phones and blackberry; Microsoft outlook calendar and yellow notes to remind us of our to do lists, events, and meetings are just some of the tools you can use to better utilize your time at work and increase your productivity at work.
Monday is only a few hours away bringing with it new opportunities, goals, and tasks. If you are someone that usually wakes up dreading the week ahead, first things first, shift your attitude. Believe this week will be great. Then take out your phone and schedule your week. Fix thirty minutes around lunch time to check your emails and check in with your boss and colleagues. Do not get flustered when the unexpected pops up, simply place it on your list and complete as and when due. Ensure you schedule to finish all projects that have been pending for this year and start planning ahead for next month and the things to come. With this change in mindset and attitude at work, your productivity will soar.
Have a great week every one and happy May day in advance!!