Time management at the workplace is an important element as it marks your career growth. The way you efficiently make use of your time speaks volumes about your personality both inside and outside office. Here are ways to stick to time goals and effectively make use of your time in hand.
Treat Time Like Money
Imagine that every minute of your time is equivalent to a few thousands. Wouldn't that be motivation enough for you to stop wasting time? Will you still be working at the same pace then? If you are intent about accomplishing a task on time, then get on to imagining this situation. You will not only finish your work soon but will also enjoy the feeling of valuing your time.
So what if you finish your work on or ahead of time? If the answer to that question draws a blank, then sure enough you are not motivated to complete your work according to the given schedule. Introduce self-rewards like having your favourite food or taking a tea break with your favourite colleagues or doing something you love if you complete your work as planned. Like how necessity is the mother of innovation, rewards are the means for achievement.
Be Vocal About Your Goals
A lot of people make a lot of plans. But when you are vocal about your goals, you bring unto yourself a compulsion to stick to them. Just in case, you lag behind, the people who had heard of your affirmation will surely enquire about your achievement and the universe will conspire to make you succeed. Being vocal means that you are determined and have credible ambitions to achieve your goals.
Make Diligence A Habit
Habit is the prime aspect of anything that happens or does not happen. When you make it a habit to be punctual or diligent, you do it anyway because your brain is tuned to a certain lifestyle and your body will automatically cooperate to stick to that routine.
If you are conscious of not being able to complete your tasks as planned, then it's time that you keep some buffer time and then attempt them. Start early and save extra time to finish work. Even if it takes longer one day, eventually being early will help you in every way. Then you can regularise your work schedule aptly.
If you are facing time delays often, it could also be due to lack of planning. Let's say that you enter office and spend the first hour in just planning your day, how much time will you have left to actually do the work? The morning hour especially is very important as your morning pace will affect your overall work schedule. So plan ahead of time such that your office timings is utilised optimally to finish your work.
It is important to first identify what is holding you back from sticking to the time chart. If there are specific reasons that you have no control over, then it makes sense to seek help from your seniors or boss. Seeking help will not make you a weak employee, instead, it would be a win-win situation for your boss as well as you because a veteran would have already crossed such situations and offer instant solutions that will increase the work productivity overall when your problem is solved.
Say Bye To Distractions
Social media or any other incident that is happening in your life could be a major source of distraction to your work. You might be involuntarily addicted to it over time. At such points, it is apt to look at your list of activities for the day and what consumes most of your time.
Some people have the habit of checking their phones every minute. This habit does not mean that they are crazy about using phone but psychologically depicts a stress pattern and a trial of letting it out through searching for something interesting outside the real world.
Just put away your gadgets and other distractions for a day and see how it brings back peace into your life. Then, mark a separate time outside office hours to fidget with gadgets so that you do not starve by cutting off addiction abruptly. Try to strike a good work-life balance.
Create Shortcuts For Tasks
Bill Gates' famous quote goes like this, "I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." Rather than working every moment, find out smart ways of working. Explore shortcuts when you can and then align all your work at a good pace.
Make Plan B
Above all your efforts, there are days when nothing goes as planned. Make backup plans ready for such dry days. Think of ways to utilise your time productively and still not feel guilty for being off schedule. If plan A fails, then have a sure-shot workable plan B so that even if an event let's you down, you are still able to hold yourself back.