In order for organizations to be successful, time needs to be managed properly. When schedules are run properly, more work can be accomplished in a day. The faster the work is done, the more a business can increase their revenue.
Lead From the Front
Leaders are the forerunners for change in the business place. It is important that you get a good grasp on time management before you implement a plan of action in your company.
Start work early in the day. Statistically, you will accomplish more if you start earlier. Create a reasonable timeline for the day. Be sure to give yourself extra time to accomplish each task.
Make the distinction between being busy and being productive. Commit to tasks that will help you get closer to your business goals, not just tasks that will make you look busy.
Plan out your schedule two weeks in advance.
You should know what your priorities are for two weeks at a time so that you can stay ahead of the curve.
Learn what to say no to and what to commit to. When you say yes to the wrong things, you are only keeping yourself from being able to manage your time wisely.
Implement Time Management Strategies in Your Company
Once you have a good handle on your own time management, you can implement strategies in your company.
Many of the same concepts you apply to your day to day can be applied to the functions of your office. Help your employees to understand what is important to accomplish each day.
When you build a culture in your office of managing time wisely, it will help you meet your business goals faster. Here are strategies you can put in place in your company.
- Have productive staff meetings – many times in staff meetings, you can get off track with the topics. Send out an agenda ahead of time so that everyone knows what to expect.
- Develop an action plan – during your staff meetings, go over priorities for the week. This will give each person on the team something to work toward.
- Send out follow up details – after your meetings, send the team follow up details so they can know exactly what they need to focus on.
- Create a system for accountability – each staff member should check in with a superior in some way and give an account of what they accomplished. This will further ensure your team members stay focused.
- By putting together a game plan and informing your staff of the priorities, your business will stay organized. The more organized you are, the better your company will function and the more successful you will be.
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Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC.
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