Managing time is something that managers do not often get around to doing, as in today’s world they have many things to deal with and there are only 24 hours in a day. The responsibilities that come with their position multiply during the workday and if their time management is not up to scratch, it could lead to stress or anxiety. At Wyser, we believe it is vital to know how to correctly manage our time so as to improve not only our wellbeing, but also our productivity.

Meetings, phone calls, supplier management, customer service and employee supervision are just a few of the things that managers have to control. With the addition of setbacks that arise throughout the day, knowing how to manage our time becomes vital.

Good time management is one of the skills that companies most value today, as productivity isn’t the only important factor. This kind of management is increasingly gaining importance, as it is a necessary skill for achieving greater job satisfaction.

Given its importance, at Wyser we want to offer you some advice that can help you when it comes to better managing your time.

  • Plan ahead: Besides having a weekly plan of goals to achieve, it is important to spend some time at the beginning of each workday to write down what you want to achieve that day.

 

  • Set a deadline for each task: In order to be as efficient and effective as possible, it is useful to set yourself deadlines for each of the tasks you want to carry out. This strategy helps us not only to dedicate the right amount of time to each job, but also to avoid spending longer than necessary on a particular task.

 

  • Prioritise: One of the key things is to know how to distinguish between urgent and important. Although we may at first think everything we are asked to do is urgent, this is not always the case. Some things can be left for later. Learn to distinguish them.

 

  • Don’t waste time: It is important to avoid spending time doing things that stop us from being productive. Nowadays, instant messaging apps, social networks, the internet or unnecessarily long meetings can make us lose precious time.

 

  • Be organised: Keeping our work space organised will help us when we need to stay focused and result in us spending less time doing individual tasks. Order helps us to more effectively manage our time and, therefore, to be more productive.

 

  • Say no to procrastination: One of the biggest enemies we are faced with is procrastination. Don’t leave things for later, as continually postponing work without good reason will make us feel frustrated at the end of the day due to not having achieved our goals.

 

  • Be realistic: Although we think we can do everything, logic and time proves that this is not the case. In order to be efficient, we need to be aware of how much we can achieve in a day. Don’t give yourself more than you can handle.

 

  • Delegate: Knowing how to delegate is one of the most important skills a manager can have. We all know people who do everything themselves because they think it is the only way to ensure that things are done well. Having a team we trust that can take work off our hands is something we should make the most of.

 

  • Be flexible: And, as every day is unpredictable, don’t punish yourself if you don’t manage to achieve everything you had planned. Good time management is not something you can learn overnight. It only comes with practice and experience.

 

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