If life is feeling like a Tetris game and the blocks just will not. stop. falling, it is time to hit the Pause button and reevaluate. In an article for IT Business Edge, Don Tennant shares time management tips from management consultant Jackie Gaines. There are, uh, a whole lot of them:
- Prioritize your sleep needs for maximum energy.
- Establish what the “workday” means to you and your boss.
- Designate a few times a day to check email.
- Choose human connection over technology.
- Learn to say no and mean it.
- Set achievable goals each day.
- Stop multitasking.
- Engage in active listening.
- Do not get complacent.
- Stop shuffling papers.
- Do not let too much Internet surfing distract you.
- Make time for fun in your life.
- Practice breathing and mindfulness.
- Hold others accountable to their responsibilities.
- Delegate tasks if your time is more valuably spent elsewhere.
You Lost a Lot of Time Reading That
Many of these tips are self-explanatory. For instance, regarding tip #11, a person could easily get lost in esoteric Wikipedia articles while work piles up. Avoid that by remembering there will be plenty of time to read up on ancient Egyptian agriculture when you get home. Tip #2 is an especially good one though. You and the boss should be on the same page about when you are expected to be available, whether physically or as it simply pertains to responding to emails. You will likely want to spell out if you do not intend to respond to people’s emails during the weekend.
And about breathing and mindfulness, Tennant relates this:
Imagine how productive you could be if you could focus, calm all anxious thoughts, and truly be present. You can find out by practicing mindfulness. Breathing is a tool for achieving a relaxed, clear state of mind. There are multiple methods for achieving this state, including tai chi, meditation, yoga, or simple breathing exercises. Find one that resonates for you and practice it daily.
For more, you can view the original article here: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/15-time-management-tips-for-stressed-out-it-pros.html