Changing habits and regaining control over your schedule will take more than just one day or one week of implementing new rules and routines. At Virtue Marketing, we are dedicated to making your business the best it can be, which may include helping you gain more productivity and better time management.
Many experts believe that habits are made or broken in three weeks. We recommend implementing some or all of these tips for at least that amount of time in order to change some not-so-great habits that may be stealing your time during the day. Once you have read through the first installation of our helpful time-management tips, consider the following additions:
- Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is wonderful in concept, but nearly impossible in practice. When you do more than one thing at a time, you are likely not completing that particular task in the best manner possible. Do one task at a time, and not only will you produce results of a higher quality, you may save time as well.
- Eliminate distractions. Social media changed the business world forever, but it can also be one of the main sources of distraction during the workday. If you find yourself skimming Twitter or checking Facebook more than once an hour, try staying off social media unless it is a designated break time or after the workday is over.
- Don’t deviate. Incoming phone calls and emails can take a lot of time, but they can also change the course of your day if you allow it. If it is not a matter that demands an immediate response, stick to your scheduled task. Most of the time, the issues that pop up during the day are not life and death, and you can keep control of your day by refusing to deviate from your “must-do” list. Respond to non-essential memos, emails and phone calls during the designated time slot in your daily calendar.
Using your time wisely can lead to higher productivity, which may lead to higher profits and better products and services. However, it also has a great deal to do with how much you respect yourself and your time. You are valuable and should respect your worth by acknowledging that every minute you devote to business should be fruitful and meaningful.
We are here to help you. We believe that you can do great things in business and in your personal life, and we know that time management skills are one of the most important efforts you can take for your long-term success. Take back control of your day–you are worth it!