How much do you achieve after the hassle and bustle of daily life? It is possible to seem very busy, running up and down on any given day, yet not achieve much. Working smart involves maximizing the time you have to achieve the highest output for every minute that you put to work.
Here are some tips to get you there:
- Make a Plan
Remember what they say about failing to plan? You plan to fail. You cannot achieve much if you simply go through each day as it comes; without a plan. Chances are you already have a long-term plan.
Let us say a plan of what you achieve in the next 3 years in your career or business. Break that into annual plans, then monthly, then weekly plans. That way you can figure out what needs to be done every day.
Allocate time for each activity and prioritize the most important. You know whom you need to contact, what emails you need to reply to, what meetings you need to attend and what manual work needs to be done.
Allocate time for each activity and prioritize the most important. You will then wake up with focus every day. You will avoid time wastage since you know exactly what needs to be done.
You do not have to do everything yourself. Learn to give most of your attention to what you do best. If you’re in charge of a team, ensure that each of them shares in the mission ahead, and is aware of exactly what needs to be done. After that, you can share out the tasks depending on individual skills sets.
If you choose to concentrate on the bigger picture, delegate those repetitive tasks like handling bills.
Even at home, delegate duties to your housekeeper, gardener or even children. Do not exhaust your energy in these small tasks when you have a bigger picture to focus on.
If the need to raise funds increases your stress level and takes too much time, consider resorting to popular crowdfunding sites such as Plumfund to bring in extra revenue.
- Use Technology
Every passing day, experts are inventing software and apps that make work easier. If you’re leading a team, you stand to benefit even more from this technology.
To begin with, you now do not have to report to the office every day. You now have your office online. You can work, send memos, receive work and communicate to your team online.
Managing employees has been made a lot easier by the introduction of timesheet software. If you have not tried it, you can sample the online time sheet free trial. With technology, the management of your staff is made an easy task; and you can concentrate on other tasks.
- Improve your Time Management Skills
Most of us waste so much time even without realizing it. We spend so much time on social media sites, chatting with colleagues, daydreaming and so on. If you find that the day ends before you complete the activities stipulated in your plan, then you may need to look into your time management.
Learn to concentrate on any given task and avoid distractions. Accountability also helps a big deal; you tend to work faster when you know someone is checking on you.
Let the people around you know that they have to book an appointment to see you.
Those impromptu visits waste a lot of time and make you deviate from what you should have been doing. You should book an appointment too when you need to see someone, otherwise you will be kept waiting and waste time in the process. Remember you can never recover time lost; and it is up to you to make every minute count.
Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama
Jim is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. He is a professional writer who has been in the business for 5 years. He has hands on experience with cars, tech, and relationship advice, among other things. Because of how quickly he can turn articles around, he is able to take on multiple projects at once. His writing experience spans from SEO articles to technical guides and everything in between.