Today we’re going to review a few tips on how to manage your time more effectively.
Most of us respond to rising demands in the workplace by putting in longer hours, which inevitably take a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. That leads to declining levels of engagement, increasing levels of distraction, high turnover rates, and raised medical costs among employees.
Whether you’re new to management or an experienced leader of people, these tips on time management for managers will help you improve your productivity and profits
- Get yourself organized Before you can manage a team, you need to get your own house in order. That means getting in early and making time to organize your workspace
- Less time wasted searching for what you need, means more time is available to get on with what really matters — managing your team so they can produce the best possible results.
- Learning how to get organized with your papers, emails, files and folders takes time, but it’s an investment that will always pay off.
Know what matters
Okay, you’ve cleared the decks. Your mind is clear and free from mental clutter.
What will you do now?
- It is important to clarify exactly what work is expected of you and your team. Does everyone know what they are working towards?
- Clarifying who does what also means establishing who doesn’t do what. Learn how to delegate work tasks so you can focus on the work only you can do.
- Schedule some quality time for yourself.
- Every day you need to know that you can work on what creates the most value without fear of distractions or interruptions
- Identify a time and a place when you can routinely put aside an hour or more when you can think, plan and work with total focus. Learning how to wake up early and start working in peace before everyone else arrives is a useful strategy for many people. Or you may prefer to work at another time in the day when your energy levels are high and you know you won’t be disturbed.
- The point is your most important creative work happens when you can give it concentrated time and attention.
- Effective time management for managers means knowing when to stop.
- There are only so many hours in a day, so you need to put time limits on all open-ended tasks and events.
- If something has to be done that day, see it through to completion. If not, put a stop to it and continue tomorrow.
Use a To-Do List system to process work
- ‘What gets measured gets managed’ applies to projects and tasks as much as it does to performance and people.
- To get things done, people write to-do lists. They identify what they want to do and then add those things to the list.
- Time management for managers never gets to the point at which it’s ‘done’. But your skills can be sharpened and gradually improved each day.
Start today and see what happens seven days from now…