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Do You Finish Tasks Within the Time You Stipulate?

- Michael Carter, AVP/Training Director

Today’s workforce struggles with multiple interruptions preventing us from reaching our goal. Time management can help support our goal of becoming a more productive individual. Here are three ways to work smarter not harder.


1. Take the first 15 minutes of your day planning what you want to accomplish. Create a to-do list. Schedule time for an interruption, because you know it will occur. This will give you small daily goals that will lead you to overall success.


2. Don’t work for e-mail and phone calls. Technology has granted us great efficiencies but has also become overwhelming at times. Spend scheduled parts of your day sending and responding to e-mails and voicemail. This gives you more time to dedicate to your goals. Practice not answering e-mails or voicemail just because they appear unless they are critical. Remember you want to respond to all e-mails and voicemails by the end of the day.


3. Can you see your phone screen and your computer screen right now? For some of you the answer is, yes! Every time your screen turns on for your Facebook, e-mail, or text message alerts, it diverts your attention. Place your phone out of sight, turn it upside down, or put it in a drawer. According to Forbes, up to 62% of employees are wasting up to 1 hour a day on social media. Turn off your notifications, or only read them during your break. How much more work can you do with one hour a day?

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