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3 Tips for Mastering Time Management at Work

3 Tips for Mastering Time Management at Work

 

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 

Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything on our list. We have compelled a list of time management habits that successful people use to tackle this!

 

Start the Day with the Most Important Tasks

As soon as you settle into your desk in the morning, get started on your most important work—the creative, strategic tasks that only you can do. If you start by checking your email or social media, you’ll end up wasting half your morning. Set a timer for two minutes to skim your inbox for emergencies, but if there’s nothing that requires your immediate attention, shift straight into your important work for a more productive morning that sets you up for a successful day.  

 

Create a Daily Schedule

This step is absolutely crucial for learning how to manage time at work. Don’t even attempt starting your day without an organized to-do list. Before you leave work for the day, create a list of the most pressing tasks for the next day. This step allows you to get going as soon as you get to the office.

Putting everything on paper will prevent you from lying awake at night tossing and turning over the tasks running through your brain. Instead, your subconscious goes to work on your plans while you are asleep, which means you can wake up in the morning with new insights for the workday.

 

Peg a time limit to each task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

 

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