1. Do you prioritise depending on who shouts loudest or what is the least boring task? If so, you need a more effective method. Prioritise based on how important and urgent a task is.
2. Plan your workload as much as you can. This will help you to feel less stressed, manage your workload and ensure you meet deadlines.
3. Keep a daily time log to identify your time stealers . Is it that chatty colleague or a tendency to procrastinate? Whatever it is, the sooner you recognise it the sooner you can stop it from happening.
4. Beat procrastination by identifying what it is that is stopping you from completing the task. Break down your workload into smaller tasks and attack one at a time.
5. Don’t check emails every time that little envelope appears. Instead set certain times to check your inbox. Make sure that this is realistic depending on how may emails you get in one day.
6. Don’t action emails straight away, prioritise them and put them into your plan.
7. When scheduling make sure you put blank space in your calendar or diary. When unexpected emergencies crop up, spare time will allow you to fit the work into your plan.
8. Deal effectively with interruptions . Use your daily time log to identify how you currently handle interruptions and decide on ways to improve.
9. Learn to delegate . If done properly this can save a huge amount of time on a regular basis. It will also help someone else to develop at the same time.
10. Say no . When appropriate, learn to politely refuse requests; there is only so much you can do in a day!
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