Do you frequently feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything on your list? If so, you may need to make an adjustment to the way you manage your time. A few simple changes can make your productivity levels soar. Five easy ways to become more efficient include:
Schedule your day. Take a few minutes each morning to see what needs to be accomplished by the end of the day and plan your time accordingly. It’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus, so this is a great way to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines. Be sure to allot a little extra time in your schedule for things like phone calls, catching up on emails and unanticipated interruptions.
Prioritize your workload. Every assignment on your desk doesn’t have equal importance. Focus on those holding the most weight first, and work your way down. It’s much more productive to finish one thing in its entirety before moving on to the rest, as a pile of half-completed projects won’t get you very far.
Learn to delegate. Many people don’t like asking for help, because they see it as a way of losing control. However, it’s important to delegate assignments to your subordinates and peers when you have more than you can handle. Entrusting others to complete work they’re better equipped to handle frees up your time for more pressing tasks.
Stay organized. It takes a lot longer to get your work done when you have to sort through files on your computer and shuffle through papers on your desk to find what you need to get the job done. Take a few extra minutes to stay organized and enjoy having more time back in your day.
Designate certain times to check messages. When your phone is constantly ringing and emails are always appearing in your inbox, it can be difficult to concentrate. Designate a few set times of day to respond to messages, rather than taking calls and responding to emails as they come in. You’ll never get anything accomplished if you keep pausing for interruptions.
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