We’ve compiled a list of 7 time management tips to boost your productivity levels in 2015. It’s important to note that there are innumerable hacks and tips to manage your time wisely. These are just some tips that we find useful, but everyone is different.
1. Improve your morning routine
Whatever you do in the morning will have an effect on the rest of your day. You should always be waking up feeling happy to be alive, going to work and embracing all the upcoming challenges with all your might. These things will give you the right energy boost to start your day on the right foot. My routine includes a hearty breakfast and a quick glance through the morning newspaper. You may also require a good night sleep, one that is between 7-8 hours long.
2. Complete the important tasks first
This is considered the golden rule of time management. Each day, when you arrive to work in the morning, you should be creating a list of tasks that you would need to complete that day. Then identify 2-3 tasks that are the most crucial to complete and do them first.
3. Put a time limit on each task
Be clear that you desire to complete tasks on time. Allot an approximate finish time to all tasks you listed in task list. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into the time allotted for other things.
4. Set reminders 15 minutes before
Most calendars, such as the one on Outllook, have a reminder function for you to use. If you’ve an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before. You can also set up a timer that will let out a beep when you need to be reminded about something
5. Learn to say no
It’s very easy to take the “my door is always open” policy too far. At some point in the day, you will need to decline further opportunities and requests. Your goal is to take on commitments that are of urgent matter and time sensitive. On the other hand, making a lot of time commitments can teach you how to properly juggle various engagements and manage time wisely. This can be a great thing, but within reason. You be the judge!
Delegating can help enhance your credibility as a manager and team leader. By allowing your team mates new ways to show their responsibility, you get brownie points for being creative and supportive. Having extra time will allow you to look for more challenging tasks that can increase the profit margins of your business.
7. Purchase a CRM Software Tool
A CRM Software tool will help you be on top of everything in life. It’s your central tool to organize information, tasks lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items. There are so many options for you to choose from, including ZohoCRM, InfoFlo, and Microsoft Outlook. Many of them are customized to your needs as well. All you have to do is give them a call.
Pomodoro technique is a time management philosophy developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into 25 minute intervals, separated by short breaks. These intervals are know as pomodori.
5 basic steps to implementing the Pomodoro technique:
1. Decide on the task to be done
2. Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)
3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
4. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
5. After four pomodori, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
About Alex Noudelman
Alex Noudelman is a thought leader and power influencer in the digital marketing world. He is privileged to contribute his knowledge and expertise on LinkedIn.com, LewRockwell.com and iSpionage.com. When he’s not helping clients with their marketing and content, he’s coaching sports programs in schools across the Greater Toronto Area, mentoring students with learning and speech disabilities as well as participating in political debates. Alex received an Honors B.A. from York University as well as an Advanced Certificate in Adolescent Education from D’Youville College.