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Time Management Skills

A person working in a professional position often handles several large projects at once and supervises the activities or output of others. A working professional needs reliable time management tactics to manage time effectively for not only the quality and efficiency of work but for personal health and stress management as well.

Here are few ways in which you can master your time management skills :

  • Declutter – Declutter you desk, your inbox, your task list, and your life.
  • Plan – Plan out your work day and stick to it (check off accomplished tasks as you go).
  • Prioritize – Rank your tasks in terms of priority and align them with your job demands, your goals and main business objectives.
  • Be Effective – It’s not a race. Don’t try to be the most efficient, try to be the most effective.
  • Focus – Focus on the “vital few” rather than on the “vital many”.
  • Finish the Job – Develop your “finishing instinct” – when you get to a task, complete it no matter what.
  • Stop Procrastinating – Most people tend to tackle easy tasks first and push out the difficult ones – don’t fall into this trap!
  • Stay Organized – Once you get organized, stay organized.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks can be very stressful. Remember that the world will probably not end if you fail to achieve your last task of the day, or leave it until tomorrow, especially if you have prioritized sensibly.

Going home or getting an early night, so that you are fit for tomorrow, may be a much better option than meeting a self-imposed or external deadline that may not even matter that much.

Take a moment to pause and get your life and priorities into perspective, and you may find that the view changes quite substantially!

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    • People with a good attitude take the initiative whenever they can. They willingly help a colleague in need, they pick up the slack when someone is off sick, and they make sure that their work is done to the highest standards. So start with a positive mindset. Avoid your urge to multitask. If you pick a task finish it first before moving on to a new one.

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    • You need to understand the reasons why you are procrastinating before you can begin to tackle it. For instance, are you avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or unpleasant? If so, take steps to get it out of the way quickly, so that you can focus on the aspects of your job that you find more enjoyable. Hope this helps.

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    • Should you do easy or difficult tasks first? It seems like a cop-out to say that it depends on the person, but sometimes that’s the honest answer, and that is definitely the case here. Hopefully this article helps inform you of what type of worker you are, offering clues to whether you fall into the constructive procrastination or pre-crastination camps. Good luck on your pursuit of maximum productivity!

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    • On the surface, there don’t seem to necessarily be any disadvantages to doing easy tasks first. However, a book called Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy challenges that. Based on the above quote from Mark Twain, Eat That Frog encourages avoiding procrastination, even if that procrastination is constructive. Tracy wants you to “eat that frog,” i.e. do your difficult tasks quickly because the longer it’s on your plate, the harder it will become to do the thing you’re dreading. If you have a habit of dreading things, Eat That Frog makes a solid argument to hold off on your easy tasks until later in the day.

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  1. Time and Time. If someone just understand the relation between it, you are best friend of time, and if you just consume it up unnecessarily, you are about to have the biggest foe “TIME”., Great content. Loved it😊♥️

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