Remove distractions. Prioritize tasks. Stop multi-tasking. Get organized. Get in a routine. Keep your mind fresh. Work when you’re the most productive. Enjoy these 20 tips for better time management…
1. Remove Distractions
Some of us get thrown off by the slightest interruptions, while others can easily ignore distractions. Frequent distractions can negatively affect your mood and prevent you from getting your work done on time.
2. Prioritize Tasks
Collect a list of all your tasks and rank them in order of importance and value. Don’t choose to read through emails and when you have a deadline coming up at midnight.
3. Stop Multi-Tasking
Trying to manage several tasks at once can affect the way you work and think. Multi-tasking can lead to decreased efficiency and productivity. Single-tasking is your new best friend.
4. Get In Routine
A solid routine is a key to your long-term success. Whether you’re working out, paying off debt, trying to create positive habits, or get a promotion, a routine is the answer.
5. Get Organized
A messy work environment can reduce productivity and increase work-related stress. Organize your work files, your drawers, and the top of your desk.
6. Keep Your Mind Fresh
Exercise and fresh air will help boost energy and help keep you mentally sharp throughout the day. Stay open to new ideas and talk with people who challenge you.
7. Work When You’re The Most Productive
Are you staying at work extra hours, but not getting anything done? More time dedicated to something doesn’t always equal more output. We recommend working in the morning when you’re mentally fresh and full of energy.
8. Get Inspired
Inspiration can give you moments of clarity and awareness of new possibilities. Inspired individuals have a stronger drive to master their work and be the best they can be.
9. Focus On Results, Not Activity
Choose a small number of projects to focus on, finish them, and review your progress each day and week. If what your doing doesn’t create results, it’s wasting your precious time.
10. Set Reminders
Set alarms on your smartphone to remind you when to take a fresh air break and when to buckle down. We recommend 50 minutes of focused work, followed by 10-minute breaks.
11. Turn Off Notifications
Alarms on. Notifications off! Turn off your desktop (and cell phone) notifications for Facebook, Instagram, E-Mail, Pinterest, etc. Take a look at these things during your 10-minute break.
12. Learn To Say No
Always saying “yes” can lead you to some places you really don’t want to be. Turning someone down doesn’t mean you won’t get additional chances in the future. Saying “no” might feel awkward at first, but you only improve with repeated effort.
13. Group Your Tasks
Tasks that are similar or intertwined should be done together. This will keep your train of thought on track and help cut out distractions.
14. Tidy Your Work Area
Cut back on clutter now that you’ve organized your workplace. Don’t be afraid to throw things away. Consider scanning old documents if you are worried you’ll need them in the future.
15. Manage Your Stress
Reducing stress can eliminate unnecessary energy drain, restore mental health, and lead to greater intuition. Stress can hurt your work, your body, and your mind.
16. Delegate Tasks
You spent the time finding competent people for your business. Assign them tasks, and they might surprise you.
17. Only Take On What You Can Handle
Don’t accept more work when you’re a week behind and struggling to fall asleep because you can’t take your mind off of things. You’ve learned to say “no” – use it.
18. Break Down Big Goals Into Smaller Steps
You should have a big picture, but you should break it down into smaller steps. Major goals take time and effort to accomplish, so setting smaller goals will make them more manageable.
19. Put Your Thoughts On Paper
Get those pesky things out of your head and onto paper. Holding ideas in your head can make it hard to focus because you’re worried about forgetting. Put your ideas on paper so you can come back to them later.
20. Set Deadlines
Deadlines are important for helping you achieve both large and small goals. However, deadlines won’t create instant success. They only help you move closer to your major goals every day, week, and month.