So you’ve mastered the first few weeks at Groupon. The buddy up system and various training courses have served their purpose – you are overdosed with information. It’s now time to put the acquired knowledge into practice! In order to achieve your personal and professional goals you will be required to utilise your time management skills. Believe it or not, time management is one of the key factors for success in the workplace.
Firstly, take control of your new email inbox. Keep your emails short and to the point in order to encourage concise responses. Disable that annoying alert that comes up every time you receive an email. This enables you to check your emails whenever you can fit it in, otherwise you will constantly be distracted from your train of thought. The key here is to stay future focused rather than present focused. Nevertheless, if you decide to neglect certain emails don’t just leave them in your inbox but categorise them – i.e. subject or priority.
According to surveys the majority of employees waste about two hours a day with non-work related activities. Many employees choose to surf Facebook or browse the web at their desk. Surprise, surprise – such engagements do not lead to stress relief.
Consequently, when you have the feeling you need a break, use it wisely and gather your thoughts. Take a short walk, shut your door or put on your headphones and blend out all the noise that prohibits well-being and creativity.
Moreover, experts underline the importance of creating to-do lists. Create multiple lists, including one which incorporates the essential duties. Set yourself an achievable to-do list and make sure to delegate whatever you can. Simultaneously, be cold-blooded and reduce any unnecessary meetings. In general, the idea is to avoid multitasking in order to concentrate on one thing at a time.
Just as it is important to get rid of unnecessary meetings or items on your to-do list, it is important to unclutter your drawers and keep a tidy desk. This not only allows you to work more efficiently but also gives you the psychological effect of feeling more relieved (unless you are a messy and enjoy hording and collecting stuff!). Additionally, a spotless desk makes it easier to get started with new projects. Most people have problems with starting a new project as opposed to finishing it. Starting early gives you time for errors (it’s only human) and break the projects into sensible and attainable chunks.
Our top tip is using a systematic approach to stay on top of your emails, and ensuring that you take enough mini breaks away from your screen throughout the day. Furthermore, relieve your memory through a number of to-do lists, as well as ridding yourself of unimportant tasks throughout the day. Remember, when making a decision avoid letting the “time factor” influence important actions. Prioritising will allow you take your time where necessary.