8 Ways to Manage Your Work Time

8 Ways to Manage Your Work Time

Use these tips to organize your tasks at home and work to make more time for family.

Whether you work full time or part time, work at home or find yourself overwhelmed rushing the kids to school, practices or recitals, use these tips to get your days back into shape.

1. Truly Calculate Your Time
Assessing your hours helps you calculate how much time you should devote to each task. Once you put it all down, you can see just how thin you might be stretching yourself. Remember — a day isn’t a race. Pace yourself.

2. Create the Right Setting
Where possible, arrange your desk or workstation so you are comfortable and not easily distracted. (If you focus better with music on, that’s fine.)

3. Make a To-do List
Checking tasks off a to-do list feels great and helps you prioritize. If you have a list that breaks down your obligations into steps, tasks can be worked through one at a time rather than piled up and left half-achieved.

4. Get Hard Tasks Done Quick
Start the day off right by tackling tasks earlier in the day. Since you feel energized, mornings are often the best time to tackle the trickiest problems! If you know you are putting off a difficult chore, talk to someone about it and put the problem into context. Remember: Procrastinating will eventually affect your confidence and focus in completing other tasks.


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5. Don’t Over-promise
If you are snowed under, don’t agree to new tasks you may be unsure you have time to do. It will add to your stress. You’re actually helping out by being genuine. Saying, “I can get that report done but not until tomorrow morning,” for instance, gives everyone a realistic timeframe on which they can count This is a more positive solution than saying “no” outright or missing a deadline completely.

6. Disconnect
Have at least one hour of quality time when you focus only on work. This goes double for quality time, too. When you’re having dinner with the family or just spending some time with your kids, keep your phone in another room or turn it off completely. You’ll find that you forget all about work once the threat of it popping back up after-hours is gone.

7. Identify Distractions
People you talk to, coffee breaks and emails are all candidates. Designate specific times in the day for these rather than letting interruptions break your concentration.

8. Pass It on
Make time for little details. If your days are interrupted by trips to the bank, sending mail etc., slice out a piece of time once a week when they all get done at once.

Managing your time at home always makes you feel productive, but when you start getting everything in your life in order, you can make time for all the best things in life!

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