It is becoming more apparent as time goes by that proper employee time management is one of the most important aspects of business. Without proper employee time management you can quickly and easily find your employees becoming over stressed, over worked, and in a state of quickly deteriorating health. By taking the time to teach your employees the basics of proper time management, you can help dramatically increase the productivity and overall general welfare of the workplace. Best of all, the lessons that you learn hear can also be applied to your home life as well.
- Take time to plan. When you begin your day, and before you actually start doing anything, take the time to plan everything out. Go through your projected schedule and think of everything you will be doing throughout the day. Doing this helps you set realistic goals for your day and can help you track what you have actually done with your day and time.
- Prioritize. As you begin your day, make a mental note of what is the most important and what needs to be done first. By identifying and focusing on the most important items you will find yourself with much more time. Over time, as you start taking time to plan each morning, you will find it easier to prioritize and determine which items are actually the most important.
- Write it down. Write down your activities throughout the day. After a week, look back over your diary and see what you actually got accomplished. You may just find yourself surprised at what takes up your time throughout the day. Use this diary as a template to determine what is important and what is not.
- Learn to say no. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to time management are those little sudden projects that come up from time to tome. You know—those little things that crop up that absolutely have got to be done right now. Learn how to say no to people who are making unnecessary demands on your time. When someone comes to ask you to do a little favor for them, ask them whether it has to be done right away or if it can wait till later.
- Sleep is good. Be sure that you get a good night's sleep and that you are properly rested. Sleep deprivation, even in the most mild of forms, will make it so you are nowhere near as productive, healthy, or happy. One of the great side benefits of getting the proper amount of sleep is that you will be able to think more clearly and get your work done more quickly.
- Breaks are good. Throughout the day as you find yourself getting tired or stressed out, learn to take a break. Even if it is only for five or ten minutes, getting away from work will allow you to recharge your batteries and clear your head. Just like you may need to take a break at work each day, make sure that you take a yearly vacation (which is nothing more than a longer break). Everyone needs to get some rest—if you don't you can find yourself burning out.