Being a busy professional in a hectic workplace can be exciting and exhausting. To manage your time, you need to know what you want to accomplish and approximately how long it will take. Tracking your time for a week or two is a great way to get a sense of that. Whether it’s work or personal goals, or your day-to-day responsibilities, this awareness is vital to your success.
One common misconception about managing your time well is that you can manage it at all. I believe it is more about managing priorities. Having too much to do at work is the new normal. If you identify your priorities whether goal related, or your day-to-day tasks if you attend to them in the “right” order you can gain control of your work life.
Here is some advice from Your Office Mom in the form of three tips that can help you manage your time more effectively:
Make a to-do list at the end of each day and prioritize the tasks for the following day. By doing so, you can jump-start your day, and stay focused on what’s most important to you.
As best as you can resist the urge to perform low-value activities at the start of the day. Instead, focus on high priority, important tasks. Save the routine or mundane tasks for later. Otherwise, you’re likely to get stressed out trying to do it all. Not to mention, things come up during the day that require you to shift your priorities.
If you get overwhelmed during the day, stop and catch your breath and ask “what do I need to accomplish right this minute, or before the end of the day?" Sometimes, despite our best intentions, our day gets away from us, and we need to pause.
What helps you stay on track during the day? How do you stay focused?