How to manage your work in time for the Rugby weekend
Time management is a key part of being a successful Interim Manager.
Once you learn how to develop and maintain good time management skills, you’ll find yourself free from pressure of deadlines and stress in general. You’ll be more productive, procrastinate less, and have more time to relax, which will aid your productivity in the long run.
Time management skills are like shoes or a good pair of jeans — you may have to try several pairs before you find the right fit. They’re different for each person and you have to find what works best for you. Below are a few tips that work for me which you may want to borrow.
- Make a list. The catch with making lists is that you actually have to use them. You may want to set reminders on your phone and/or computer – lists only work if you use them. One of the most important things is to make sure your list feels attainable. No one wants a 30-item to-do list, wasting time at the end of the day scrolling through the 20 items that didn’t get done. Prioritize yours and others’ needs and plan accordingly. You might even want to make three lists — personal, home and work.
- Set deadlines. Again, there is no point in setting deadlines if you make executive decisions to always push them back. Set a deadline and try your best to stick to it. Set it a few days before the task absolutely has to be done. This accounts for the (quite likely) possibility of other things getting in the way and will leave you with plenty of time to still get the task done.
- Stop multi-tasking. “Multitaskers” often seem to think they get more accomplished, but it’s not always the most productive or efficient route. Let’s face it, our minds work better when we are truly able to focus and concentrate on one thing.
- Delegate. For those of us who like to be in control the very thought of this is likely to provoke a rush of anxiety. The truth is that no matter how good we are, we can’t do everything; sometimes we take on more than we can handle. Delegation is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of intelligence. Find competent, reliable people and share some of the responsibilities. It will allow you to be less stressed and more productive.
- Use your downtime. This tip requires some balance. Using all of your downtime for planning and prioritizing is bad and can lead to more stress and burnout. However, if you find yourself stuck in early morning traffic, this may be a good time to start prioritizing your day or make plans for dinner. If you’re waiting in the doctor’s office, this may be a good time to write the grocery list. (Just don’t forget to take it with you). If you have opportunities like these, make the best of them; but also remember to take the time to relax.
- Reward yourself. When you accomplish something, celebrate it! How you celebrate is up to you. My word of advice is to keep whatever you choose to do healthy and enjoyable, don’t do it in excess and don’t let it put you further behind. Time management skills are an essential part of making your day just a little easier. Find what works for you and stick to it.
For those who struggle with time management here is a link to the Rugby to help: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/fixtures_and_results.php