Life Hacks for Productive Managers
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” Thomas Edison
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but why does it seem like some people have more time? Some people seem to get no matter how much they have on their plate. You can become one of these people by implementing these time management tips offered by Entrepreneur. You know that feeling you get when you leave the office after a super productive day? Well now you can experience that every day. Here’s how:
1. Never touch things twice.
Don’t put anything on hold. Act, delegate, or delete.
2. Get ready for tomorrow, today. Wrapping up your day by making a to-do list for tomorrow is a great way to see what you accomplished today, and ensure you’ll be productive tomorrow.
3. Get the worst part over with. Don’t wait until the end of the day to do the most dreaded thing on your to do list. Knock it out of the way at the start and use the rest of the day to tackle what inspires you.
4. Fight the tyranny of the urgent. When you’re constantly responding to “urgent” items, you can go weeks without touching anything important. Recognize when putting out fires is cramping your productivity, then delegate so you can get back to your forward momentum.
5. Stick to the schedule during meetings. Meetings will go on forever if you let them. Let everyone know you’re strictly sticking to the schedule so they will be more focused and efficient.
6. Say no. Don’t let the fear of saying no lead to your schedule being so full that you experience stress or burnout. Saying no honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
7. Only check email at certain times. Don’t let email be a constant interruption. Check your email on schedule and take advantage of features that prioritize messages by sender. Tackle the most important clients first, and save the rest until you reach a stopping point.
8. Don’t multitask. There is no such thing. Your brain is only capable of doing one thing at a time, and when you try to multitask you lose the ability to perform both tasks successfully. Focus all your attention on one thing at a time, then move on when it’s completed.