Need time to manage your time?
All of us want to master time management and it doesn’t matter what we do for a living. This skill is important for all alike: lawyers or artists, marketers or bloggers. We hope, our tips will help you find that elusive 25th hour in your day.
1. Handle email correctly
It means we should turn off all automatic email notifications except the most important ones (for example, from your boss or VIP clients). Instead, let’s check our email boxes two or three times per day. The second tip is to read emails only on those devices from which you can reply – otherwise, you’ll spend twice as much time on each one. And of course, don’t forget to unsubscribe from all needless mailing lists and social media notifications.
2. Clean your workspace
Researches show that a messy desk really kills productivity. Firstly, having too many objects in your line of sight can distract you from current tasks. Secondly, clear space makes your mind more organized and calming. And don’t forget about hours wasted on digging through piles of papers searching for the one you actually need. That’s why more and more companies implement Clear Desk Policy for their employees.
3. Work hard, rest regularly
If you have one huge task, use time frames to divide it into pieces. If you have a lot of small tasks – organize them into a list and allow yourself to have a small break only after finishing a few of them. You can try one of the creative techniques (Pomodoro, GTD, The Action Method…) to make it easier.
4. Forget about multitasking
Effective multitasking sounds too good to be true. In fact, more tasks at the same time means less focus on each of them. How does it work on the physical level? Our cognitive abilities slow down, cortisol production increases and even IQ level drops by 10-20 points. Multitasking is unnatural and harmful, so we should consider it when putting together our to-do list.
5. Take notes
When browsing through different sites or just chatting with colleagues, try to pay attention to any information that could be useful for your projects. Use browser bookmarks, special apps (like Evernote or Pocket) and cloud storage to save and classify interesting articles – it will save you time in the future and improve the quality of your work.
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