Maximize Your Time with Determined Time Management
We all have the same 24 hours each day, but are you making the most of your time? Especially as the summer sun gets hotter and hotter, productivity can dwindle. Your 24 hours might start slipping away, leaving you wonder: what did I do with my time? Time management isn’t easy, but learning how to schedule your day effectively is a valuable skill in your work life and beyond.
Start by being deliberate about your work and managing your projects wisely. With a little effort, you can make the most of every day you spend in the office.
Outline Your Priorities
When you come into the office at 8 am, you may feel like you need 20 minutes to wake up. Instead of staring at the coffee machine, use that time to list your priorities for the day.
Divide your projects into categories: most important, somewhat important, and busy work. Your most important tasks, or the tasks that have the closest deadline, should take up the majority of your daily focus. Tasks that you can carry into the following day can wait until 4pm or later. With this emphasis, you can keep your workday on track and stay on top of your project schedule.
Don’t Try to Multitask
Humans can’t actually multitask. You might feel like you can, but in reality, your attention is simply jumping back and forth between one project and another too quickly for your brain to register.
If you want to maximize the amount of time you spend working in a day, give up your attempts at multitasking. Sometimes, time management requires intense focus. By zeroing in on one task at a time, you’ll be able to give that task all the focus it deserves. You’ll also be able to complete it quicker than if you’d tried to balance it in tandem with another project.
Learn to Say No
There’s a limit to the amount of work you can do in a day. One of the best ways to maximize your time at work is to balance your workload. If you’re already busy, don’t accept additional projects. In the moment, you may enjoy the additional responsibility, you shouldn’t overwork yourself to succeed.
Instead, give your immediate projects your utmost focus and take on additional work only when you actually have free time.
Balance Your Social Media Usage
Social media isn’t all bad. On average, though, we spend 3.6 hours on social media per day. Does that sound like productive time management? If you limit the amount of time you spend on your phone while at work, you can boost your productivity.
Schedule Your Breaks
Finally, make sure you schedule breaks during your workday. You can’t work at full speed for eight hours at a time. Let yourself linger at lunch, then, or take a walk around the office to stretch your legs. These breaks are as important to your time maximization as the time you spend working on your projects. They allow your brain to rest and rejuvenate you.
Time maximization, as you can see, is all about your schedule. If you balance your work and relaxation time while also building personal boundaries, you’ll be able to make the most out of your workday.
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