Time Management in the Workplace - Fenero - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog
While speaking to friends, family and co -workers about their New Year’s Resolutions, many different resolutions were brought up. I’ve heard the common resolutions like losing weight/eating right, saving more money and finishing school; however, from all the responses, the one that stuck out to me the most was making the best use of time.
After further research, I realized that many people struggle with time management and it’s impacting their work/life balance.
Research by Top 10 Online Colleges, 2013
- 76% put money and work as leading cause of stress in their lives.
- 41% are stressed out during the workday, an increase from 36% a year ago.
- Only 10% do their best thinking at work.
- On days of extreme pressure, workers are 45% less likely to come up with a new idea or solve a problem.
Are you always racing against time? When was the last time you’ve completed all the items on your checklist with time to spare?
Here are 5 simple tips that will help you re-gain control of your time:
1. Use the first 30 minutes of your day to plan and create your to-do list. This is the most critical part of your day as it helps organize your thoughts/responsibilities and prioritize them by importance levels.
2. Set realistic goals and expectations. If you have 30 minutes available for a task but know this task will take at least an hour and a half, don’t start or expect to finish. This will help reduce anxiety.
3. Refrain from picking up your phone and responding to emails. This will break your concentration and delay the tasks at hand. Disconnecting instant messaging or updating your status to “away” or “busy” may limit interruptions. You can also stop notifications from Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets unless they are used to generate business for your company or used to communicate with your client(s).
4. Learn to say NO and know your limits. Don’t take on more than you can handle. If no cannot be an option for you, provide a realistic time-frame to when task(s) can be completed.
5. If task(s) can be done by someone else, consider delegating. Delegating will help you take a load off and you can focus on other important tasks.
Do you have more tips to share? Please share below in the comment area!
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Publish Date: January 17, 2015 5:00 AM
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