What is everyone doing? This is a question you’ll ask once in a blue moon in a traditional work environment. Technically, it's assumed that everyone is hard at work doing...well, something. If you show up at 8:00am and stay until 5:00pm, you have met the expectations, or have you?
Most companies still believe the more time you spend at your desk, the more productive you will be. And this method does work for some employees. While other organizations started adapting more flexible working hours. Time management and the balance between your personal and work time could be a challenge. We provide you with some ideas to help you manage it.
The hardest part about executing a plan is being disciplined enough that you can actually meet your goals. Every week, your plans & priorities will likely be challenged by something happening at the office.
You need to identify areas of your life where you are wasting time and try to reduce these. A good way to do this is to log everything you do for a week in detail and then examine your record to see how you use (or misuse) your time.
Develop a regular work routine. Keep your work space tidy so that you can work efficiently - it's hard to do this if things you need to find are buried under a pile of paper! Work to schedule so that you meet deadlines in good time - don't leave everything until the last minute. If you have a difficult report to write, start by drafting out the structure first- this will break the ice.
Finding That Balance
Knowing when it is your personal and work time is important. Juggling the demands of each can be difficult. By thinking differently, you can perhaps find ways to have a better balance between work time and personal time.
As your career grows your priorities changes and you need to set them according to your family status, job responsibilities living standard and ambition. The lifestyle of a junior employee is different from a manager and therefore your planning and time management will differ.
Here's the fact of the matter: Until you own your own time and have complete control over how you spend it, goal-setting will always be an important part of showing your worth to your employer.
Our bet is that most of you have great goal-setting tools at your companies, but people aren't actually using them correctly. Goal-setting is not supposed to be just a paper exercise. If you need help in setting up goals, our article “Fresh ideas for career goals” will help you create a career vision statement that inspires and energizes you.
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