Written by Dave Cullen
According to a recent survey the number one complaint amongst employees in the modern workplace is the poor time management of their colleagues. We are all occasionally guilty of not utilising our time at work effectively. We allow ourselves to become unnecessarily overwhelmed by the myriad of activities we have to attend to, and fail to adequately perform at any of them particularly well. The pressure to meet razor thin deadlines and succeed in producing successful projects, can easily allow us to cause our personal organisational standards to drop below par.
Thankfully, good time management is a skill that anyone can cultivate through careful planning and methodical discipline. Furthermore, it can lead to such benefits as improved productivity, less anxiety, reduced fear of failure and more available free time. Good time management also helps to curb that age-old enemy of motivation, known as procrastination. Below is our list of the top five best ways to improve your time management in the workplace.
1. Make a List: The first step in your time management routine should be to create a “to do” list of your most important priorities. Keep it short, perhaps three or four items at most. This will prevent you from becoming intimidated by an excessively long agenda.
2. Schedule regular breaks: Allow yourself time to relax and de-stress, this will give you an opportunity to reflect on your accomplishments. It will also help to make you more productive by recharging your mind and body.
3. Delegate where possible: Taking on more projects than you can handle can create significant stress and might lead you to compromising on the quality of your end product. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with certain tasks and delegate responsibility.
4. Get plenty of sleep: Working late and pulling the occasional all-nighter might sound necessary at times but your productivity will take a serious hit. Improve your efficiency by ensuring you get sufficient sleep.
5. Avoid Procrastination: As we said in the beginning of this article, procrastination kills productivity. It is usually caused by ill-discipline, distractions, and the inability to prioritise. This is why it is vital to make a concise “to do” list, a long winded one will only seem too daunting and further compound your procrastination.