During the reign of hectic schedules, some time management tips can appear like a real saving grace.
In the era when the Internet is full of inspirational phrases like, “we have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé,” we have to ask – how can we find that extra hour? And it appears that the answer is quite simple – with a little help from time management.
Let’s be realistic – not all of us can be as perfect as Queen Bey with crushing our plans for the day. However, we can learn to manage our time at work to emerge from the office victoriously.
But when it comes to time management strategies, there are so many to choose from. So, how can we know which ones are the best? By testing out various tips and techniques to see what works and what doesn’t. So let’s put our productive hats on and start this journey!
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If once managing work-related projects in person or over the phone was how business was handled, nowadays, it is all about finding effective online collaboration tools.
Sure, people skills and the typical messy whiteboard filled with ideas from the latest brainstorm still matter – symbolically, at least. However, with the rise of remote working and cross-border virtual teams, a large part of managing the company’s workflow has moved online and, by the looks of it, is there to stay.
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Effective time management apps are great for boosting productivity and making the most of every hour, every day.
The best time management software can help you carry out tasks and projects in a timely manner. Other time management tools are intended to fight procrastination, boost your mood and increase focus, and even improve communication with teammates, family, and friends.
The question is – with such a vast choice of apps and tools, how do you pick the right one for you?
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Emails. The bane of every hard-working person’s existence. According to statistics, business professionals send and receive approximately 126 emails per day. With this number increasing, it’s no wonder we easily get distracted, overwhelmed, and productivity suffers.
To avoid the pitfall of an unproductive inbox, we reached out to Davis Siksnans, the co-founder and CEO of Printful, for his email management tips.
In just 5 years, Davis has built a multi-million company and a team of over 400 people. He believes that success lies in effective time-management and clear goals, and it all starts right there – in a stress-free inbox. Check out Davis’ tips and apply them to your own email management strategy!
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I never saw Facebook as a harm to my productivity. Until one month, after checking my time tracking data I realized that I had spent 13 hours and 21 minutes of my working hours on Facebook.
That’s more than 40 minutes every working day spent browsing the newsfeed, checking random profiles and giving thumbs up to every new status update that came up.
That was also the month I spent every second day working overtime and feeling burned-out. After my discovery, I blamed Facebook. So I did what everyone would’ve done in my place: I blocked the newsfeed.
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The plant wall at the DeskTime office
The city breathes a sigh of relief as the snow pulls back, the sun shines longer, and layers of winter clothes begin to shed. That’s right, spring is back, the birds are singing, and people are just itching to get their share of vitamin D (that’s rays of sun, y’all!)
Though we love the spring, it doesn’t do much for office productivity. Because let’s face it, we want to be outdoors, enjoying the fresh, spring air.
Here are some tips to help you through those arduous days:
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We’ve all been there – the feeling that you’re drowning under a pile of only growing work. As the feeling overwhelms you, you think, how on earth am I going to deal with this?
This is something I’ve been dealing with recently, and in stead of simply tossing up my hands and saying it’s impossible, I decided that I owe at least myself, if not my many bosses, to at least try to conquer the glorious mountain of work.
So it’s on. I decided that I would to EVERYTHING to the maximum, use every moment I had, stretch my attention to the max. I was going to have a week of ultra-productivity.
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Guest Blogger Graham Allcott, author of “How to be a Productivity Ninja”, discusses why attention, not time, is the key to ninja-level productivity.
Time management used to be so simple: spend the first hour of the day sorting out the post and incoming paperwork, then get on to the high priority tasks. Spend the middle part of the day doing mid-level tasks and the end of the day wrapping up with the easier stuff. There was no such thing as information overload, or at its’ worst it looked like six pieces of A4 paper in your pigeon hold. Then we went digital, information became cheap and we got swamped: email, social media, the internet, software programmes, CRM systems, instant messenger, phone…
Where time management success was judged by completion, modern-day productivity is as much about what you ignore as what you do. It’s time to think like a ninja!
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