Here’s how time management at work can help your overall learning trajectory.
What Is The Importance Of Time Management In Any Online Or Face To Face Learning Environment
A version of this article originally appeared on POPSUGAR, where I am a contributor.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really bad at time management. Like, all time management. I like to feel like I have control of my schedule, so I’m also like, “For what purpose will I be giving myself room for error?” I mean, a lot of things don’t work out, right? Like your mind can be filled with so many things that you can lose perspective on even the best of intentions. My own perfect public speaking skills? F*ck me.
Well, the lack of time management skills in my head led me to create this list, because that is the reason I’m here.
Here are the ways every executive in business learns to manage time effectively — and what you can learn from it.
When and How to Plan The Dates
As president of a private label company (that sells dorm room essentials to kids who can’t afford them — or the ones who just want them), I make weekly schedule entries that outline when our sales meetings and brand events will take place. This means that every meeting I have, from the ordering meeting to the product drop meeting to the conference call to whatever, is mapped out.
Find the Technique You Use Best
Read through your calendar for any times you have multiple events in a day. If you can’t figure out what works for you or which event is best, try scheduling things by priority.
I rarely check a calendar for an event, let alone get psyched up before going. Instead, I try to think of ways to impress my colleagues — which are not nearly as important as having fun! — that only work on short notice.
You may find that you prefer sorting through events to scheduling them in the future. If so, then be sure to put all these events in the days ahead.
When to Focus and When to Squeeze In a Break
Do you think you’re making a lot of decisions in your head — do all the answers always come out before you complete a task?
So do you. But you have no idea how many daily decisions there are out there.
With the simple task of plotting out which projects need attention first, you’ll be able to delegate more tasks with each passing week. And unlike a giant piece of paper or paper screens, which you often forget, your calendar is always up-to-date.
The easiest way to relieve stress is to schedule your time — and when! And if you need to get your week on the track, run your meetings through your calendar.
How and Why to Give Yourself Time Out
Once you know how to prioritize projects, you’ll also want to make sure you’re getting enough rest. Unless you’re a caffeine junkie, always try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
For starters, this will boost your focus in the morning.
But just because you’re tired all the time doesn’t mean you have to check your email every second of every day. Yes, it’s annoying to get a POTUS text every so often, but there’s a good chance you won’t actually be able to focus on the task at hand.
Plus, if you stop checking your email, you can stop managing your work and start creating something! I mean, you know those things you really want to do that have nothing to do with work? While you’re at it, use this time to relax, visit your family, buy that amazing book on the shelf, or read — and re-read — The Hunger Games (you can never get enough of Katniss Everdeen). It will not only boost your productivity, but it will also take the burden off of your schedule.
Yes, many of these ideas may seem daunting at first — but they’re easy enough if you think of time management as the fine art of being thorough in the right situations.