Time management: Tips on how to reach the finish line
As I walked back to the office yesterday I overhead someone tell their friend that they needed a seminar in time management. She said every time she receives a negative email, she’s not able to concentrate because she constantly refers back to the email, getting more upset and distracted each time.
I understand that it is easy to let the negative aspects of work distract us from the tasks at hand. But constantly referring back to the negativity will hinder you from performing at your highest level. Moving forward and striving for a finish line should always be the goal. Dwelling on negativity is a definite no.
In order to stop the distractions it is good to map out your time each day in order to see what needs to be done.
- Identify when you do your best work. Once you have pinpointed your highest level of productivity you can map time out in your schedule to tackle your most important task.
- Be mindful of your multitasking. Though it is a good thing to be able to juggle more than one thing at once, remember that doing too much can result in sloppy work.
- Don’t let your emails pile up. Schedule a time to read them and then do something with them. Print, file, forward or reply means that they don’t become idle in your inbox.
How do you manage your time and keep the negativity out of the day?