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5 Time Management Goals for 2018

December 26th, 2017

Stretched thin in 2017? Ready for a better way in 2018? As one of the leading staffing agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Provisional knows that one of the keys to a more productive year ahead is effective time management. To help you get off on the best foot possible in 2018, here are a few tips for better managing your time:

Tip #1: Assess how you use your time.

Similar to how you’d assess your spending habits to create a budget, assess how you spend your time to create a good time management plan. Over the course of a week or two, keep track of your time by writing down your activities and how long you spent doing them. You’ll then be able to see the activities that are taking up the most time, as well as where you’re wasting it.

Tip #2: Use a good time management approach.

In terms of managing your time, what’s the best approach? It’s often the simple task of prioritizing your “to do” list. That means splitting up your tasks into urgent, important and non-essential. This will help you gain a better sense of what needs to get done each day, week and month.

Tip #3: Set goals.

Goal setting is vitally important when it comes to time management. Not only should you be setting big picture ones, but daily and weekly goals as well. These will help to focus your day so you can get more done. It will also help you to set clearer boundaries, so you don’t take on more than what you can effectively handle at any one time.

Tip #4: Don’t procrastinate.

If you have tasks or projects you don’t want to work on, your best bet isn’t to avoid them. It’s to tackle them first thing in the morning. That way, you can focus your time and energy on other priorities the rest of the day without feeling distracted. Not only that, but this approach will give your day more momentum so you can get more done during it.

Tip #5: Practice good habits.

Good habits not only help you to be more productive during the day, but they crowd out the negative habits. So focus on developing good daily practices when it comes to both your work and personal life. For instance, get up a few minutes early each day so you can check your email and prioritize your work day. That way, once you get to work, you can hit the ground running and don’t have to waste time with email or listing making. You already know what needs to get done for the day.

These are just a few different tips for helping you to better use your time wisely in 2018. If, however, you’re stretched thin due to a skill or manpower gap on your team, let the experts at Provisional help. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we can source, recruit, screen, interview, skill test, reference check – and more – all so you can hire better people and get more time in your day. Just give us a call today to learn more.

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