Working in the new digital era can be difficult. Particularly if your job requires you to be glued to your screen for eight hours a day, with only an hour for lunch. Not only that but if you’re new to the world of work-from-home, you have to factor that and all of the challenges that it brings into play.
Whether you’re new at this or are a work-from-home warrior, managing your time well is one of the best things you can do for your work life. And let’s face it when your work life is less stressful, your home life also benefits. If you’re not quite sure where to start, the following are five tips for developing better on-the-job time management skills.
Learn to multitask
Multitasking can be a tricky thing to master, but doing so will save you in the long run. Successful multitasking will help you run several projects simultaneously and save time on each one, rather than running them one at a time and feeling like you’re getting nowhere because you’re slugging your way through. Good time management can be a real asset in multitasking. Learn to use certain tools to help you with your tasks and get ready to become more efficient in the workspace.
Coordinate better with team members
If you are a project manager, one of the ways you can increase your time-management and productivity is to improve coordination with team members. This often means delegating tasks and making sure to keep on top of what their workload is.
To do this, organize a weekly or even daily team meeting before the workday starts so that your team members have a chance to iron out anything they’re struggling with. Be firm with deadlines for team members and be sure to encourage them to meet their own goals. Remind them that you’re all in a team, so their goals are your goals.
Use web tools at your disposal
If you find that you struggle with productivity, one good way to counter this (since you’re spending so much time at your computer), is to use different web-based tools to increase your productivity.
These can include browser-based extensions like Chrome’s Blocksite, a productivity extension designed to keep you off sites that take your focus away. Scoro, meanwhile, is about organization and deals with scheduling, billing, and more.
Prioritization is key
We know that your work life can be busy and stressful. We know that it can be hard to prioritize when you feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. However, prioritization will help you with your time management skills and vice versa. If you know you have a large project due, but simultaneously have a bunch of mini-projects due even earlier, it makes sense to block off a small portion of your workday to dedicate to a larger project.
You can then spend the rest of your time plugging away on the smaller ones. Maybe you can find a way to make them symbiotic, so, what works for completing one project will also work for completing the larger project. Either way, prioritization is key in the workplace and will only help you achieve your goals.
Take your time-managing skills home
One of the essential balances to strike in life is a work-home balance. This usually means leaving your work at the door of your home and leaving your home life at home. However, this isn’t necessarily true when it comes to skills learned in either place. This is why it’s so important to have a designated desk where you work that’s away from your relaxing space.
And in fact, bringing some of the skills that you learn on-the-job into your home can be hugely beneficial. Time management isn’t just a workplace skill, it’s a life skill, and learning to manage your time more effectively can only improve your life in general.
Effective time management translates to a happier life. It will help you feel like you’re in control, no matter what life throws at you. Managing your time well in every aspect of your life translates seamlessly into things like clearer thinking, better planning skills, greater productivity, and less stress. It’s good for your work life, home life, and even your health. By taking into account the above tips, you’re on your way to success.