If you ask most successful businessmen and businesswomen how they got to where they are today, they’ll probably all have one common skill — time management. No matter how intelligent you are or how great your work is, none of that will matter if you can’t get tasks done in a timely manner. In the business world, every second wasted is another dime unearned for your company. Fortunately, if you are an epic procrastinator now, there’s still time to learn how to manage your time effectively before you start Georgia College’s WebMBA program. Here are some handy tips for making the most of your busy days.
1. The first step to successful time management is knowing what tasks you have and when they’re due. Purchase an organizer and write down all your assignments when they’re given to you. Seeing the due dates of all your projects in front of you will keep you on track, and help you determine a good pace of work. If a physical organizer isn’t quite your style, there are many digital organizer and to-do list apps that work just as well. Most of them can even send you reminders when deadlines are nearing.
2. Once you know your due dates and what you have to do, create a work schedule that’s separate from your organizer in order to stay on top of your current priorities. When looking at your tasks, ask yourself: “Will this assignment take me two minutes or two days?” Sometimes it’s best to get the smaller assignments out of the way first, so that you can focus on the bigger projects that take up more of your time and need the most attention.
3. While it may seem like multitaskers get the most work finished, it’s not always the most efficient way to get things done. Switching from task to task can sometimes leave you disoriented, especially if you’re working on unrelated projects. Multitasking sounds amazing in theory, and if you can pull it off without sacrificing any productivity, that’s great — but often, it’s best to focus all your thoughts on one assignment at a time.
4. When you’re working, be wary of all the distractions that come with the Internet. It usually starts off with researching a simple work related topic, but before you know it, you’re roped into an endless search session, spending hours upon hours clicking on pages and viewing material that may or may not have anything to do with what you originally searched. Also, be sure to logout of your personal Twitter or Facebook accounts before you start getting productive. Trust us on this one.
5. While a few people feel at home working in noisy cafes and bustling restaurants with Wi-Fi access, most can’t work in these environments. You’re more likely to do your best work in a quiet, solitary location. The fewer environmental distractions you have to pull you from your tasks, the quicker you’ll get things done.
6. Always remember to relax. Work is important, but you’ll do more harm to yourself if you’re always working long hours with no breaks. Take time out of your schedule to do something you enjoy, you won’t regret it.