There aren’t enough hours in a day, especially when it comes to your workplace. If you are wasting time, you are also wasting money due to lower productivity. Time-management is key, ensuring every second of the day is well spent. If you have been lacking in this area recently, and your workload is building up, here are some tips you should find useful. By following them, you will boost your profits by getting more work done.
- Organise your workload. Whether you do this on a piece of paper or by using a time-management app, you should prioritise your tasks, giving you the ability to see exactly what you have to do in your working day and week. Focus on the time-sensitive tasks first, as this will ease some of your pressure before you can get down to those less-important jobs.
- Use online software. There are all manner of apps and software you can download to make your working life easier. They will also give you more time to concentrate on other aspects within your business. For example, Freshbooks is a great accounting tool, with a simple to use template to cut down on your time creating invoices, as well as other features that will help you manage every money matter you are responsible for. Think about the areas of work you manage, and you are sure to find something online to help you.
- Set boundaries. When you’re at work, you need to get into work mode. Therefore, set yourself boundaries, by limiting the times you use the internet, and avoiding talking to colleagues when it isn’t needed. Ensure other people know your boundaries too. From the people at work to your friends and family, let them know when you are available to speak too, and when you should not be disturbed.
- Don’t work too hard. This might seem like a misnomer, but it really isn’t. If you work long hours in the office, take your work home with you, or don’t have enough breaks during the day, you are going to tire yourself out. This will affect your normal work hours, as you may be tired and sluggish throughout the day. You are also in danger of exhaustion and burnout, which won’t help anybody at work, least of all you. Try and stick to your regular working times, and take a breather once in a while to maintain your productivity, while avoiding becoming tired.
- Delegate to others. You will have a specific job description, so try not to veer from it. If your boss hands you something that isn’t in your remit, respectfully explain why somebody else may be better for the job. If you are the boss, hand out tasks that are relevant to individual team members, including any jobs that may have piled up on your desk. Alternatively, outsource certain tasks to other companies, such as those who work in web design or accountancy. The more time you have to spend on what you can do well, the less time will be wasted on anything that may be problematic for you.
Time management takes discipline and strategising, but it is essential. You want to feel better about your day at work, so knowing you have had the time to get everything done to an acceptable standard will make you feel better, as well as increasing your cash flow.