Let’s face it, staring at a computer screen for 8+ hours a day is no easy feat, especially when you’re expected to do the same amount of work as if you were in the office.
With social media, online shopping and news sites just a click of a button away, how are you supposed to focus on the task at hand and meet your deadlines?
If you’re someone who finds themselves getting distracted or easily thrown off course, here are a few tips and tricks for time management that can help streamline your workflow process while working online…
Create a Daily To Do List
Before you start each day, write down your list of “to dos” that you hope to accomplish. This will give you a visual representation of what’s ahead and you’ll get a feeling of accomplishment every time you get to check something off.
Do the Most Time-Intensive Tasks in the Morning
Once you create your list, dive into the most-intensive or biggest task on your list while your mind is still fresh from a refreshing night’s sleep. Plus, the sooner you start the sooner you’ll get to knock it off your list.
Track Your Time
How are you supposed to manage your time if you don’t know how long a task will take you? Especially as you adjust to your new work-from-home environment, try using a time-tracking device to determine how long a task will take you. This will help you organize your days more effectively moving forward.
Focus on One Task at a Time
Studies show that those who tend to multitask are often the ones who tend to make mistakes as the brain becomes overloaded with too much information. Instead of doing a little bit of work on multiple projects, try focusing your attention and effort into one at a time.
There’s nothing worse than a coworker and manager asking for an email and you have to dive through your scattered inbox to find it. Whether it’s creating multiple folders, using management tools or creating a new workflow process that works for you, staying organized is the key to successfully managing your time.
Use Your Calendar
It may sound simple, but you’d be surprised by how many people out there don’t utilize a calendar to help keep track of their day. A digital calendar allows you to keep tabs on upcoming meetings, set time blocks for your availability, alerts team members when you’re able to take on new tasks and so much more. Plus, most email systems have their own calendar that you can sync up to as well.
Regardless of how busy you are throughout the day, you’re always going to need a few hours to do some of the smaller day-to-day items that comes with the job. From checking emails and scheduling meetings to catching up on voicemails, try grouping together some of the smaller tasks into one part of your day so you can move through them quickly.
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