Would you like to get more out of your working from home days? This time management article provides 7 incredibly simple steps I use myself to get the most out of the working hours I have.
Let’s face it – time has got to be our greatest resource. We never seem to have enough of it, have you ever looked at your watch and thought geez is that the time already! We can’t slow it down, we can’t get it back and we won’t get any more of it, that’s a fact.
Since I started working with John Thornhill on the Partnership to Success Programme I’ve learned many new things about myself. I’ve learned skills I never thought I could and never thought I’d enjoy writing as much as I do. The most important skill I’ve learned is Time Management. We’ve all been there. We start the day with good intentions but end up clicking our way through the day, hours pass and before we know it – nothing achieved at the end of the day!
We can however make the most of the working hours we have by managing our time appropriately throughout the day. Here are seven simple tips I use and will help you get the most out of your working day.
1. Plan your day the night before.
At the end of each day I like to write out all the things I need to do the following day to achieve my goals. I include all the information I will need e.g phone numbers and relevant paperwork.
2. Prioritise the list.
There’s always the temptation to do the easy jobs first. However, I try to do the nasty jobs first otherwise I find they niggle away at me knowing I still have to tackle it. It’s also easier to put them off for another day. Leaving the easier tasks until last also gives me a feeling of achievement and motivated for the following day.
3. Stick to your list.
I add tasks to my Google calender with enough time to complete them I can tick off each item as I go without the urge to get distracted. I always only deal with telephone and e-mails first thing in the morning and then again at the end of the day which helps keep my focus knowing I won’t get sidetracked.
4. Remember the Three “D’s” – Do it, Delegate it or Dump it.
This is a godsend for me. Handle each piece of paper only once. Either do something about it now, delegate it to someone else or chuck it in the trash. And remember – “Do it only if you can do it.”
5. Don’t procrastinate.
Procrastination really is the “Thief of Time” It’s so easy to put things off till another time or “I’ve had time to think about it.” DO IT NOW! Once it’s done, it’s done.
6. Plan your work & leisure time.
Do activities that need you to be at a certain place at a certain time or block time out in your calender. Use that time to go to the gym, walk the dog or weed the garden. Personally I take regular breaks every hour, I find I can come back to the work with fresh eyes. This can be helpful if you’re writing an article or email campaign.
7. Be honest with yourself.
Keep asking – “Is what I’m doing now getting me to where I want to get to?” if the answer is “no,” change what you’re doing.
This is the easiest way for me to get more out of my working day. I hope this helps you to get more out of your work life and improve your time management skills too!
Keep rockin’ it
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