Week 6 – Time Management: Tips – 5 Ways to Use Time More Efficiently (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)

Clare Kumar Writes About Setting Priorities – Photo Courtesy of GetConnected.com

Clare Kumar - October 5, 2010

By Clare Kumar

Since time management is the most common challenge to being organized, here are five more time management tips to boost your productivity:

1. Group similar tasks

Batch tasks of a similar type and you’ll accomplish more in less overall time. If moving from location to location, cluster appointments in one geographic area for the most efficient travel time.

2. Double up

Find two things to get done at once. Take a walk with a colleague or friend to marry physical activity with a work conversation or social time. Be careful not to combine tasks which compete for your focus – this could actually take you more time.

3. Protect your time

Create boundaries and communicate them to allow for undisturbed periods of work. A closed door or sign outside your office can work wonders.

4. Avoid distractions

Turn off alarms such as email notifications and position yourself in an environment which allows focus. Having specific objectives for each time period can help you stay on track. Use the internet purposefully to avoid being easily sidetracked.

5. Define your peak periods.

Most people have a particular period during the day when they feel most productive. Do your most challenging work when you feel most energized and alert. Avoid carbohydrate heavy meals at lunchtime which can induce drowsiness.

Coming up next in the series: More Time Management Tips

ACCO BRANDS CANADA is proud to sponsor this 10 week series on organizing your workspace leading up to ORGANIZE YOUR DESK DAY on October 21, 2010. Get the tools you need to get organized from world-class brands such as Swingline, Quartet, Day-Timer, GBC, Kensington, and Wilson Jones. Clare Kumar, founder and Chief Organizer at Streamlife, an organizing company, will take you on a practical and inspiring journey from chaos and clutter to productivity and peace of mind.


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