Much of the advice on time management, productivity, and working hard applies very well to any work or business endeavour. Thus, I’ll try not to repeat myself in the following time management tips at work. For more details on some of these topics, check out the rest of this webbook!
Time Management at Work
- Delegate. Sometimes it’s not worth it for you to do certain tasks if someone else can do them better, faster, or cheaper.
- Don’t be afraid to say no. This is perhaps the best business time management tip you can get, simply because “not doing” tasks is infinitely better than even doing them fast, if you can swing it.
- Prioritize. If you own a business, focus on the activities that actually make you the money. If you are an employee, focus on the activities that will give you the best results for your time input, of course depending on what you consider to be “good results,” all depending on your goals.
- If you are a manager, you will also have to worry about employee time management. That’s why reading and understanding the tips in this book are so important – you can use them to train your employees to be more efficient.
- Encourage and support team work. Sometimes the best work can be done when people are working together than if they are working in an isolated fashion.
- Meetings are deadly most of the time – they are huge time wasters. One of the most appreciated tips of time management for managers is the ability to make meetings more efficient. Not only will they increase productivity, they will also improve morale.
- Don’t let distractions take over your work. Sometimes office time management is controlled by the blocking of distracting websites and the discouraging of “water cooler talk,” but distractions will still have to be controlled in this environment. It’s even worse if you are self-employed or if you work at home – then the distractions will near be infinite. Make sure you realize this and set up your workspace to minimize the potential for distraction.
- Time management in business depends on what the goals of the company are. If the goals are off, and if the means to those ends don’t correlate with best practices, then everyone in the organization will suffer.
- Time management in the workplace depends on the specific qualities of that environment. For instance, these tips will vary depending on if you are a bureaucrat, office worker, construction worker, etc. Time management for nurses will have different requirements than time management for work-at-home writers, for example, so keep that in mind when you’re reading these tips. As in everything, adaptability and flexibility are the key skills.