For most of us, January often signifies that there’s a whiff of change in the air. Maybe it’s finally committing to a daily workout routine, learning to delegate more or simply spending more time with your loved ones. Whatever your target is, if you don’t learn how to be ruthless with your time and limit distractions you’ll fail to achieve your goals.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or professional working 40 or 70 hours per week, there are always competing demands — assignments, conference calls, meetings, emails, etc.– often within the same day or even hour. And when it comes to distractions at work, cell phone use, workplace gossip, and searching the Internet for non-work-related information are the leading culprits that waste your time and energy. Social media surfing, behaviors of co-workers, snack breaks or smoke breaks are also big productivity stoppers in the workplace.
In the midst of it all, how can you get it all done successfully? Here some helpful tips:
- Organize and prioritize: De-clutter your workspace and clearly lay out your game plan for the week.
- Limit interruptions : Incoming calls and co-workers dropping by to chat about their weekend can break your concentration and eat up time.
- Avoid unnecessary meetings: Don’t set aside an hour to meet about an issue or initiative that can be addressed with a quick phone call.
- Get personal on your own time: Do it during your lunch hour or break time or after work.
- Communicate wisely: Save time by picking up the phone or walking over to your colleague’s desk.
- Don’t delay the inevitable: Don’t procrastinate. Dive in and tackle the task at hand.