Last Tuesday’s chat sparked some really good conversation around time management. If you’d like to see the entire chat, click here.
I reached out to two chatters who had some very good tips about how they try to keep time on their side. Hopefully these tips can help spark ideas for YOU to help with time management.
For me, it’s all about the list(s)!
by Rebecca Spain (@NPmillennial)
I find it incredibly difficult to get things done when I don’t take time to first plan a) what I’m going to do and b) how I’m going to go about it.
First, I get everything out of my head and onto paper (yes, paper, I’m a bit old-fashioned in that way). Once everything is written down, I categorize and prioritize. I sometimes also create a timeline for my priorities so I know how long I have to get different tasks done. Then, I create a list for my top few priorities and cross off (that’s my favorite part!) items as I go. Creating the larger list also shows me what I need to say “no” to, push off for some time, or delegate to others.
While my lists don’t get the tasks done, they make them much easier and less stressful to accomplish.
As an emerging professional, my time management revolves around project deadlines and strategic plans.
by Kait Solomon (@KaitlinSolomon3)
Using my time efficiently not only improves my quality of work, but allows me to take on more responsibility as I advance in my career. My biggest tip for those struggling with time management is to learn how to prioritize. I divide my time at work into 3 categories: monthly tasks, short-term projects, and long-term developments.
I always schedule monthly tasks in advance so I can see what time is left for other projects. Understanding the operational steps involved in each project helps me realistically determine the time needed to complete each phase. I break down short-term projects by creating timetables, and organize long term initiatives using strategic calendars I create in Excel. Organizing a project by stages allows me to visualize how I should divide my time during the work week, month and fiscal year. Having a process keeps a project on track, and keeps you sane throughout the duration!
Whether it’s a list on paper, excel, or Google calendar, time management is different for everyone. Hopefully these two chatters gave you an idea that you can turn into your own.
Have you found a great strategy that has worked really well for you? Comment below.
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