6 Time Management Tips for your Workday

6 Time Management Tips for your Workday

Throughout your workday it’s easy to get distracted by the people and events going on around you. Having the world wide web at your fingertips doesn’t make it any easier. Once you do manage to get focused the task at hand, are you really working as efficiently as possible? One of the best skills you can offer as an employee is good time management. Here are a handful of tips to get you started.

1. Make a List

Before you start working, make physical a list of all the things you’d like to complete before the end of the workday. Each time you finish something, cross it off so you can see how much you’ve accomplished.

2. Set Priorities

Avoid working on things as they arrive at your desk. Instead, prioritize them so you can accomplish the most important things first.

3. Declutter

It’s hard to stay on task when you’re work space is a mess. At the beginning of each work day, and right after lunch, get rid of any unnecessary clutter that could be slowing you down or causing distraction.

4. Time your Work

Completing projects in small increments allows you to hyper focus on one simple task to increase effectiveness. Set a timer, work as hard as you can, then stop when the timer goes off.

5. Take Breaks

Working all day long without taking breaks may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. Stepping away from work allows your mind to rest and be more productive as they day goes on. Take short 5-10 minutes breaks a few times each day, and don’t skip your lunch break.

6. Don’t Multitask

The ability to perform multiple tasks at once doesn’t increase your productivity, it lessens it. The more focus you can place on an individual task, the faster and better it will get accomplished.

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