LA Marketing: Top Time Management Tips
SPRINGDALE, AR, May 2014 – When you're just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you're working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time by trying to multitask or focusing too much on minute details.
Below, we've explained some of the best time management tips everyone should learn in their 20s:
1. There's always time. Time is priorities.
You never actually "run out of time." If you didn't finish something by the time it was due, it's because you didn't consider it urgent or enjoyable enough to prioritize ahead of whatever else you were doing.
2. Days always fill up faster than you'd expect.
Build in some buffer time.
3. Work more when you're in the zone. Relax when you're not.
Some days you'll be off your game, and other times you'll be able to maintain your focus for 12 hours straight. Take advantage of those days.
4. Stop multitasking. It kills your focus.
There have been academic studies that found that the brain expends energy as it readjusts its focus from one item to the next. If you're spending your day multitasking, you're actually exhausting your brain.
5. We're always more focused and productive with limited time.
Work always seems to find a way of filling the space allotted for it, so set shorter time limits for each task.
6. Work is the best way to get working. Start with small tasks to get the ball rolling.
The business plan you need to finish may be intimidating at 8 in the morning. Get your mind on the right path with easy tasks, like answering some important work emails.
7. More work hours doesn't mean more productivity. Use constraints as opportunities.
Don't kid yourself into thinking that sitting at your desk will somehow extract work from you. Do whatever you can to finish your current task by the end of regular work hours instead of working well into the night.
8. Schedule meetings and communication via email or phone back-to-back to create blocks of uninterrupted work.
You'll disrupt your flow if you're reaching out to people throughout the day.
9. Break down a massive task into manageable blocks.
10. No two tasks ever hold the same importance. Always prioritize. Be really careful with to-do lists.
Daily to-do lists are effective ways of scheduling your day. Just do what you can to keep bullet points from making "clean desk" on par with "file taxes."
11. Always know the one thing you really need to get done during the day.
To help prioritize, determine what task in front of you is most important, and focus your energy into getting that done as soon as possible.
12. Delegate, and learn to make use of other people.
To be truly efficient, get over the fear of handing work off to someone else.
13. Turn the page on yesterday. Only ever think about today and tomorrow.
Don't distract yourself with either the successes or failures of the past. Focus instead on what's in front of you.
14. Set deadlines for everything. Don't let tasks go on indefinitely.
Spending too much time on a project or keeping it on the backburner for too long will lead to stagnation. Get things done and move on.
15. Always take notes.
Don't assume you'll remember every good idea that comes into your head during the day. It doesn't matter if it's a notebook, whiteboard, or an app like Evernote — just write stuff down.
16. Write down any unrelated thoughts that pop up when you're in the zone, so that they don't linger as distractions.
You'll get them out of the way without losing them.
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