Time Management: Write It Down, Cross It Off
Time management is all about being organized. That, of course, is easier said than done. Even our best efforts to keep our cubicles and lives uncluttered can be easily thwarted by the onslaught of responsibilities that consume us every day. Those stacks of paper pile up on our desks, obscuring that important Post-it Note reminding us that there is a meeting we should have been in 15 minutes ago.
The best time management strategies begin in the morning. The minute you arrive at work make sure to sit down and have a few minutes to yourself. When people say “I’ll let you get settled in before I ask about the Anderson account” this is what they mean. We all need those important few minutes in the morning to collect ourselves and form a game plan. Do not let others ruin those precious first few minutes of the workday. Ease into the day and make a list of everything you need to do. Make sure you write it down.
This article elaborates, “If you're really forgetful, you might not remember completing things on your electronic to-do list… it's really easy to dismiss and click away the alerts when you're on your computer. Increase chances of remembering by placing a small whiteboard on your desk to scribble down urgent items.”
The very act of writing something down with your hands also means you are writing it in your brain. Using a whiteboard is not only an excellent way of reminding yourself that you have important tasks throughout the day, but it tells others that your time is valuable and therefore they should treat you, and your time, with respect. When you complete a task make sure you cross it off. This small act gives you a sense of accomplishment and lets your boss and coworkers know that you’re getting the job done.
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