Effective time management plays a big role in any person’s success. I have been able to observe successful people in various roles and industries. One thing I have found to be constant is this idea that effective managers are those who use the best time management strategies.
During my work at Microsoft I was fortunate to see people who turned up early, worked very hard, skipped lunch and went home late. Unfortunately these same hard workers very rarely completed projects on time despite taking their work home several nights each week.
I am not suggesting that working longer is unhealthy but all work and no play is. Your health, as well as your personal and home life will suffer if it seems like you are married to your job.
You will discover many personal benefits when you become more organized, however, here are just a few that I have discovered since I learned to use effective time management strategies:
Spend less time at the office, while you get more done. Since the industrial revolution people have been judged by the amount of time they spend at the office, however, we are in the information age. People work differently now, so maybe it’s time to start measuring ourselves by our output; rather than time spent in the office.
Get your tasks done in record time. Employing effective time management strategies allows you to accomplish more, so you can get ever day tasks done and focus on higher order tasks. You will find those long term projects that you keep pushing back will start to progress.
Leave your work at the office. I have worked with executives who take work home with them and feel the need to check their email in bed. Imagine what impact that has on sleep, family and work life balance. Once you learn and practice effective time management strategies there will be no need to take your work home.
Find time for what matters to you, not others. Discover your own priorities in life and organize your day around them. If you don’t set you own priorities someone else will give you tasks that serve their agenda instead.
Learn to switch off and relax. Productivity is not just about getting more done. It is about finding time to switch off your computer, switch off your phone and just relax. For example; Arnold Schwarzenegger previously used meditation but these days he uses exercise to unwind and take time to think .
Sustain your lifestyle. Finding time for a healthier, more balanced life will allow you to keep going at work. It’s a sustainable approach, which means you can keep working into retirement without work related health problems or burning out due to stress.
What are you waiting for? Effective time management can start for you today. With just 15 minutes and a few simple techniques you can save yourself anything from several minutes to several hours per day. Isn’t there something else you would rather be doing?