5 Tips for Becoming the Boss of Your Schedule

time management

This post was most recently updated on April 23rd, 2022

No matter what job you have, it’s important to manage your time as effectively as possible in order to get the most out of every workday.

If you don’t know how to manage your time well, you can fall behind on your tasks, you can become stressed and anxious, and you can cause tension between yourself and your co-workers and supervisors. Here are five tips that will help you better understand how to do time management in the workplace so that you can focus on the important tasks at hand and make the most of every workday with these simple but effective strategies.

Replace I don’t have enough time with How can I work smarter?

One common problem that many people face is thinking they don’t have enough time. Of course, it’s true—you only have 24 hours in a day! That said, it’s not enough to just sit back and complain about how much time you don’t have. You need to take action, by working smarter instead of harder (or longer). One way to do that is by asking yourself: How can I accomplish these tasks faster?

Reduce Time Wasted on Social Media

Instead of updating your status, update your calendar. Social media is a great way to keep up with friends and family, but if you spend too much time checking out what everyone else is doing, you won’t have time to do anything else—like advance your career.

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Set reminders on social media that tell you when it’s time to check in, and set boundaries so that social networks don’t bleed into work hours. For example, schedule daily check-ins with friends and coworkers over email or instant messenger; limit how many times you check social media each day (and stick to it!); and turn off notifications on mobile devices so that only emails come through.

Prioritize Email

There’s a reason why email is one of most prevalent sources of workplace stress. When your inbox is full, you feel overloaded and behind schedule; when it’s empty, you feel unproductive and unprepared. Email is still essential to modern business communication, but effective time management in the workplace begins with prioritising your email. Try scheduling dedicated times throughout your day to check and respond to messages—and then stick to that schedule. You might also want to consider using an app that automatically sorts out emails based on sender, subject line or other criteria so you can focus on what matters most at any given moment.

Delegate Work

Delegating tasks is not just a means to get help with a project, it’s also a way to ensure that you don’t overwhelm yourself. If your co-workers aren’t afraid to take on extra work and don’t mind helping, consider delegating some responsibilities. By doing so, you free up time for more high-priority tasks and allow yourself time to relax. Put in some good work with your team!

Clean Out Your Inbox (3x/Week)

After work, when you get home and while you’re eating dinner, set aside a half hour to go through your inbox and file away anything that doesn’t need your immediate attention. Getting in the habit of cleaning out your inbox three times a week will help cut down on distractions and give you more time to focus on what matters most.

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Author Bio:

His experiences working for top brands like Unilever and Samsonite inspired him to write ‘The Rules of Work. Shivank set out to provide non-bullshitty, fact-based career advice that helps millennial workers get more opportunities and grow their careers faster. This blog is where he documents the daily challenges he and his colleagues face. Check him out on OfficeProductivity.org.