We’ve previously discussed how to achieve more in less time without resorting to all-nighters. There are plenty more time management techniques that you can learn and eventually turn into a habit that you can use to boost productivity.
No matter how fulfilling your job is and how satisfied you are with your career’s trajectory, there will eventually come a few times when you’ll feel like you’re working very long hours and it seems like there’s no end in sight. Stepping up and being given a bigger role as a result of constantly improving performance likewise carries its own set of challenges—the tasks you’re in charge of handling start to blur after a while and projects that eschew immediate results in favor of long-term gains become the norm.
Working your way up and being assigned a managerial role definitely counts as good news, but the responsibilities that accompany it all but require a change of mindset. It may feel like there’s “no end in sight” at first due to newly focusing on long-term goals, but a time management plan grants you an accessible point-of-view which enables you to view this temporary setback for what it is.
To-do lists are a common time management technique that helps to keep you on track. Nevertheless, it’s all too easy to ignore what you’ve jotted down (or typed into an app) in a matter of days. It definitely helps to review and organize what you’ve listed down at the end of the week—or anytime at all when you’re not as busy. Furthermore, writing down items that are clearly actionable, complete with time requirements and additional details, increases the task’s chances of being noticed and subsequently done on time. You should also avoid a growing backlog of ignored tasks by tackling something that can be finished in a few minutes or less—something you can easily find by taking note of the aforementioned time requirements and details.
Finally, make a habit of facing the most difficult tasks from the moment you arrive at work. You’re less likely to postpone difficult jobs for the next day after dealing with it early in the day.