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Effective Time Management tips

Effective Time Management tips
over 1 year ago by Megan Swan
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If you find yourself getting to the end of the day and wondering where the time went and why your inbox/message bank are still so full – then you need to keep reading. As the silly season is fast approaching, so is the workload and last-minute scrabble to reach targets and deadlines increasing. We have compiled a few tips to help you manage your time better and make sure you’re no longer surprised when 5.00pm rolls around!

  1. Create a To-Do List (Every. Single. Morning!)

Even if you are just re-writing what you were supposed to do yesterday – make sure at the start of each day, before you do anything else, to sit down and write a list of all the things you need to do that day. Prioritise this list (numerically or alphabetically) to make sure you get the important stuff out of the way first – eat the frog! However, make sure you also leave enough time for unexpected tasks that come up throughout the day so you don’t feel overloaded and stressed.

  1. Break up your day

Sometimes breaking down your day to sizeable chunks can help you manage your time better. Try assigning 25 minutes at a time to each task – put your head down and don’t let anything else distract you for that 25 minutes – don’t check emails or let colleagues distract you during this time! Make sure to also take breaks and divide up your day so you don’t exhaust or over-exert yourself to the point where you are no longer productive! Schedule in mini breaks and strategic times to check emails.

  1. Remove distractions

Even things that don’t feel like distractions – like having your personal phone on your desk or having too many windows open on your computer – are still going to entice you to be distracted from your work. However while it’s great to put your head down and work hard – it’s also important to allow yourself little breaks to chat to colleagues and make sure you give your mind a ‘break’ every now and then. Just make sure you have completed all your priority tasks and earnt that coffee/chat break!