Five Ways To Manage Your Business Time
It can be hard to keep on schedule at work. With so many tasks pressing on you, there seems to always be more than you can handle. You can still do all you need to do while getting the rest and relaxation you need with these simple tips.
1. Delegate Like Crazy
Forget trying to do too many things alone. Sometimes the answer is getting someone else to take over tasks. Large organizations work because of this principle. The manager has inferiors work on parts of a project so that it can come together. Were he to work on it alone, he would never come out on top.
It is the same for you. Write down all that is on your to-do list. Be reasonable, and assign certain tasks to yourself that only you trust yourself to do. Then figure out who can take care of the rest for you. This will free you up for more important things.
2. Begin With The Hardest Item
Start the day or afternoon off with the task that is most threatening and bothersome to you. When you get it done, you will carry less anxiety into the rest of your day. It is wonderful to free your mind from such pressure.
Stress can make you irritable and hard to work with. It can lead to snapping at your employees or being impatient with clients. Stress can even make you sick. When your body is under too much stress, the immune system is stifled. Avoid sickness and other such problems by getting your worst problems out of the way as soon as possible. As they say, it is better to confront your fears.
3. Finish Deadlines Before They Come Up
Work on projects with deadlines long before they are due. Have you ever been asked to write a speech or a paper and started very early? When you choose to take control and not procrastinate, you are more likely to enjoy your work. Projects and papers, even, can be fun when you give yourself enough time to prepare.
No matter what is on your plate, look to your deadlines and stressful items first. They often will be the same items.
4. Maintain Cleanliness
Organization can help you stay focused and calm. Organize your office and keep it so. All pictures should be in the right spot and papers in places where you can find them. This in itself can take off a load of stress.
When the day is winding down, take time to make a list of to-dos for the next day. A few minutes of organizing your desk can go a long way in the end. Months of shuffling papers and randomly stuffing things into drawers creates a mess that has to be faced eventually. So avoid the annoying spring-cleaning by maintaining a standard of neatness each day.
5. Work Out
Take time each day to work in some aerobic exercise. When you work out your body, your mind has a chance to clear. Exercise promotes blood flow to the heart and brain. It strengthens important organs to keep your healthy. This way you can take off less work and feel better to accomplish your daily tasks.
Consider a team sport or yoga. Pull out an exercise tape for a fun way to workout with others without having to actually be seen by them. Join a gym if this is not a concern, or take a long, brisk walk with your companion each evening. Make sure that you are getting the strength and aerobic workout you need for good health.
Make these changes in your life for better time management in your work life.