Managing your time sounds simple, but anyone who has planned their day and ends up having constant interruptions knows that things don’t always go as planned. It can be frustrating when you feel that you haven’t accomplished anything at the end of the day.
To find out how to better manage your time, first you should track it for a week to see what you are actually doing with your time.
Once you know what is happening you may want to focus on help with some time management tips or advice on managing your priorities. Knowing your long term goals is necessary in order to plan your time to meet these goals. Try these tips for some quick wins:
- Plan to spend the largest percent of your day on the big priorities that drive you toward your goals.
- Allow 10-20 percent of your time to be spent on emails, returning phone calls, and other routine tasks that need to be completed. Schedule this time either at the end of the day or at the beginning of the day.
- Don’t waste time at work – it all adds up, internet surfing, personal calls or chatting and visiting with co-workers will not help your productivity.
As you establish a productive routine you will gain momentum as you start to see success.