How to be more Efficient with your Time
With busy schedules it is important to be organized, however that can be easier said than done at times. We are all looking for ways to be as efficient as possible when it comes to work and just day-to-day tasks. We do have a few tips that will help you make the most of the time you have every day. Remember, little, consistent actions can yield big results.
Time Efficiency Tips
Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is a myth. There are very few if anyone that can truly focus on two or more things at once. It may seem like a good idea to try and accomplish as many things as possible together all at one time, but reality is you miss details and do sloppier work when you juggle multiple things at once. The end result? You most likely have to go back and correct mistakes which takes more time than if you had just focused on each task individually at a time.
Teamwork makes the dream work. There is this idea, especially if you are in any kind of managing role that you must do it all. That is verifiably false. The more you can delegate and share the work with, the more you will get done quickly and efficiently. Burning the candle at both ends, much like multitasking opens the door for mistakes. The more mistakes you have, the more work you have to do to fix them. It is much easier to pass off tasks to others, especially if they have skills that make them stronger in a particular area than you.
Use your words. Proper communication makes the world go ‘round because it saves time and energy. When you communicate poorly you waste time because people don’t know what they are supposed to be doing. When you are thoughtful and detailed with your words you up your efficiency because everyone is on the same page.
Schedule and time activities. People forget they have control over their schedule and not the other way around. With all the tools out there that can help you plan and prepare for your days there is no reason you should be running around with no direction. You can even dictate the amount of time you spend on each task in your calendar. By doing this you know what is coming and how much time you have to dedicate to it.
Relax. Sometimes it is ok to not schedule anything. You need that break. Contrary to popular belief running yourself ragged does not accomplish much. Taking time to reset and breath keeps you more organized, more energized and better prepared to take on whatever life throws at you. Lets face it, even the most organized person in the world will have something come at them they weren’t prepared for, however, the more calm you are, the better you will be able to ride that wave.