It can be very easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you have to get done. This can be tougher as project manager because you need to organise the tasks of everyone on your team including your own.
Effective time management will enable you to finish your work efficiently and keep track of your team.
Here are five handy tips to help you manage your time:
1. Schedule your time
Keep a planner with you to organise your time. Have a list of tasks that you need to get done and their deadlines, then decide how much time you need to assign to each task. You can also use the planner to keep track of your progress and re-prioritise your list if you need to.
2. Be reasonable
Don’t give yourself unreasonable deadlines. Make sure you have a sufficient amount of time to complete each task. Keep in mind that it is impossible for you to finish everything at once, so cut yourself some slack.
3. Allow time for disruptions
From traffic jams to doctor’s appointments, you never know when you’re going to be short for time. Allowing for disruptions will allow you to rearrange tasks as necessary, so that you are still able to finish on time.
Use this time to unwind and have fun. De-stressing will give your body the chance to recuperate and prepare itself for your next set of tasks. It is also important that you take breaks throughout the day and eat regular meals.
5. Block out distractions
If you have urgent work to complete, make sure that people are unable to disturb you. Make sure that you are unable to distract yourself with your phone or social media. You should also make an effort not to constantly check for emails or phone notifications.
Successful time management relies on your ability to plan out your time and prioritise your tasks. Doing so will help you to decrease your stress and work more efficiently.