16 Useful Time Management Tips That Get Results

For business success, time management is essential for you and your team. You can increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity with some careful thought and planning. Where do you start? Here’s a powerful collection of 16 useful time management tips that will boost your productivity and help you and your team succeed.

by Lauren Schneidewind on December 2, 2016

For business success, time management is essential for you and your team. You can increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity with some careful thought and planning. Where do you start?

Here’s a powerful collection of 16 useful time management tips that will boost your productivity and help you and your team succeed.

Tip #1: Time audit.

It’s important to find out exactly how you spend your time during the day. A time management app can help you with this task. To make use of the time tracking, evaluate the results of your time audit on a regular basis. Find the areas that need improvement and decide how to achieve change.

Tip #2: Goals and deadlines.

Take time to set your goals and to determine reasonable deadlines for the related tasks. Your performance will improve by following this blueprint.

Tip #3: Planning.

Create monthly, weekly and daily plans. These become the framework you refer to for organizing your time and work. It helps you focus on the important things.

Tip #4: Urgent tasks - first.

During the first few hours of your workday, your mind is still fresh and your body full of energy. Use this time wisely to achieve results.

Tip #5: Deal with distractions.

One of the most important factors for successful time management is to apply tricks against distractions. If possible, use the “Do Not Disturb” option on your phone and computer. Some people work better after going offline, but this depends on your situation.

Tip #6: Just do it (with or without inspiration).

It’s not a surprise that Nike’s slogan is so popular among more than just sports fans. Make it your motto and enjoy the benefits of getting things done.

Tip #7: Delegate.

Get to know the members of your team well. Learn the skill set of each person and let them perform tasks well suited to their abilities.

Tip #8: Waiting times.

Waiting is something that happens to everyone, everywhere. When you’re stuck in a waiting room or in line, at an airport or a train station, use the opportunity to do something productive.

Tip #9: 3 Forget multi-tasking.

You’ve probably already noticed that you’re much more productive when focusing on one thing at a time. As a result, the quality of your work improves, and you save time on editing and rework.

Tip #10: Avoid procrastination.

Procrastination will not help you achieve anything, and at the end of the day, the feeling of dissatisfaction may ruin your motivation. Use the reward system to overcome procrastination. Do something you enjoy after finishing an unpleasant or difficult task.

Tip #11: The power of “No.”

There are only 24 hours in a day, which makes your time incredibly precious and limited. That’s why you better not waste it on people and projects that don’t support your goals.

Tip #12: Self-awareness and motivation.

Self-awareness is related to getting to know yourself better. What are your preferences? What are you good at? What’s not your thing? By examining yourself carefully, you will understand what makes you tick and how to use it to achieve better time management.

Tip #13: Sports and outdoor activities.

The benefits of regularly participating in sports are numerous. There’s evidence that sport and outdoor activities significantly improve resistance to stress. As a result, your productivity will increase and so will your motivation.

Tip #14: Recharge your batteries.

There are many benefits to having enough sleep or just spending some quiet time alone. Among them are increased creativity, better focus, and a fresh mind. Why not try meditation? It could help you achieve serenity and peace.

Tip #15: Be flexible. 

Even if you apply effective time management techniques, distractions and interruptions will continue to happen. Don’t get angry but be flexible and accept that this is life. If Plan A doesn’t work out, try Plan B or Plan C.

TIP #16: Change your habits.

If you follow the above tips and include them in your daily routine, you’ll form good habits which will boost your productivity.

As you can see, in most cases applying time management tricks means that an individual or a team should modify their behavior and habits. As a result, you’ll work smarter, not harder.

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