With the holiday season quickly approaching I’m sure you’ll find time management to be more difficult than ever before. Between working your regular office hours, attending holiday parties, and preparing your home you’ll find you have less time than you’ve had since – well, last holiday season, most likely!
I thought it would be a good idea to share a few more time management tips to help you control your workflow as you approach the holidays. Hopefully these will help you to keep things running smoothly as you attempt to create extra time for your family and friends over the coming month.
Set Specific Time Limits
Yes, you do need to check your email and keeping up with the news is a part of life, but do you really have to spend half of your day distracted by these simple tasks? Instead set a time limit and stick to it – perhaps you may limit yourself to an hour a day to check your email and read the newspaper. Setting specific limits will keep you from wasting time you could spend doing other things.
Delegate Your Authority
Put those delegation skills to work! There is absolutely no reason you should feel as though you need to do everything on your own. Start sharing tasks with your team members or employees! You’ll not only get your projects completed faster but you’ll strengthen your team by encouraging them to work together!
Get a Grip on Reality
The truth of the matter is that there are only 24 hours in any given day. Period. End of statement. No ifs, ands, or buts. No more, no less. You can’t magically create a longer day, and you (believe it or not) can not go for days on end without food or sleep. Accept the fact that you can only do a certain amount of work within any given day and that the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. You’ll avoid burnout and lead a happier, more productive life.
Add these tips to your time management arsenal and let me know how you’re doing. Have you seen any changes in your workflow over the past months? Are you still working on a time management plan?
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.