By Ryan Velez
Whether are you are a standard career worker or working on your own business, there are several traits you need to implement in order to be successful. These include discipline, focus, and effort. One of the biggest skills that any professional needs, though, is time management, allowing them to make the most of the time they do have and avoid things that may keep them from their objective. A recent Black Enterprise has shed light on some techniques to make sure you are smarter when it comes to your time.
Before putting techniques into practice, you have to be honest with yourself when it comes to your schedule. Take a moment to figure out what your top three priorities are each day, then extend it to your major goal each week. This allows you to start thinking about the activities that you would want to incorporate into your routine. The final step is understanding what is keeping you from getting there, identifying the three major obstacles and distractions during your day. You may be surprised how many completely unrelated things are affecting your plans on a daily basis.
Another thing to do is keep in mind that everyone is different when it comes to their productivity. Along with figuring out what is distracting you, keep in mind whether you are a morning person or night person, and create your schedule accordingly. Another way to keep your productivity up is to try and set a certain time during the week to handle batch activities for the entire week. This can range from prepping meals to creating follow-up emails.
Once you’ve started figuring out what works best for you, the time has come for you to start being aggressive with your time management. One quote says “If someone wastes 10 minutes of your time, 8 minutes is your fault.” While your job and schedule will guide exactly how you put this mentality into practice, there are some techniques that are a good match for many lifestyles. For example, if you have the ability, try and keep your meetings under 20 minutes, making sure that participants focus on priorities and action. Rather than constantly switching between email and work, use a preset time to try and check your emails. If you find that the email will be quick and easy to respond, just do it so you can get back to work.