I briefly considered titling this blog “Managing Your Time as a Tech Professional,” but I quickly realized that not everyone who reads a tech blog is necessarily working in the tech industry. Most people are probably entrepreneurs who are looking for the right tools to be successful.
I don’t know about you, but time management is definitely not one of my strongest suits. This is particularly true when it comes to working on the Internet. The web has a nearly infinite amount of ways to distract yourself from what you really should be doing, whether it’s writing, blogging, updating, researching, or any number of other professional endeavors.
Personally, I find Facebook to be the biggest time-waster. Others might use Twitter a little too often, or if you’re like my boyfriend, spend hours on ESPN.com.
Here are some useful tips on how to manage your time and increase your productivity when it comes to being a professional –
Plan your day
Laying out all of the tasks that you have to accomplish during the day can be very helpful in keeping yourself on task. Better yet, make a list (I like to make mine on paper) so you can cross things off as you finish. Feeling a sense of accomplishment may drive you to complete more tasks.
Allow for breaks
It’s a good idea to build in time to take a break from working. While it’s probably not the best idea to plan a 30 minute break for every hour that you work, a 15 minute break every 2 hours is reasonable. Use that time to surf the web, get a snack, or if you’re at home, switch the laundry or unload the dishwasher. Just make sure that you adhere to the time limit that you set for yourself. You may find that having a break to look forward to will help to increase your productivity.
Prioritize your projects
When you’re making your list of what to do during your work day, there’s 2 approaches that you can take. First, you can put all of the quick and easy tasks at the top of the list. This way, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment rather quickly, and then you can move on to the more daunting tasks. Or, you can put the big projects at the top of the list and leave the smaller tasks for later. Pick whichever way motivates you the most.
Delegate any tasks that you can.
If you work for a company and aren’t a sole proprietor, consider farming out some smaller tasks to others. With a few things off of your plate, you might feel like some of your time has been freed up to work on bigger projects. In the long run, delegating responsibilities will allow your business to grow since you’ll now have more time for big picture stuff.
It’s okay if your time management skills are a work in progress. But the more you practice, the better you’ll be, and the less stress that you’ll feel on a daily basis. Don’t forget to get a website also! You can get one for free here.
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.