Sunday,18 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1372, (7 - 13 December 2017)
Sunday,18 November, 2018
Issue 1372, (7 - 13 December 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Time management skills

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Time management skills
Time management skills

Are you working hard but not reaching your goals? Want to be more productive and finish your work an hour earlier? Sometimes things get in your way no matter how good your intentions? Well, it may all come down to your habits or your workplace environment. 

Time is our most valuable and finite resource and one we often take for granted. It slows when we pay attention to it and vanishes when we don’t, but to be productive and use it efficiently and wisely we have to practice certain habits and tasks over others. Many of the tasks we clutter up our days with don’t help us get closer to our goals. Instead, they may distract us, meaning that the goals may never be achieved.

Luckily, consistent time management and organisational abilities, especially with e-mail and social media, is an acquired skill. They take awareness, discipline and commitment and are your best keys to less stress, more productivity and better results. 

Try the tips listed below to improve your concentration, enhance your time-management skills, and make the most of your time:


Prepare professionally: 

Preparing your mindset and the information needed for meetings and appointments is simply a smart use of your time. It keeps you on the point and focused.

Find a day timer that suits you: 

Implement an online activities system that works for you, like a Google or Yahoo calendar, smart phone alerts or reminders. You can also opt for a virtual “to do list” or yellow sticky notes. Respect whatever method you choose and trust it.

Minimise stimulation:

Ringers, loud conversations, text and message alerts — you can’t get anything done if you’re multi-tasking all the time. Multiple computers and big screen TVs can also distract your attention.

Leave room for the random: 

Create an agenda for all your calls, meetings and meet-ups. But definitely also leave room for random events to happen.

Don’t open too many browsers: 

Close browser tabs that are not pertinent to what you are working on. Otherwise, they can grab your attention away from things you’re supposed to be doing.

Turn your cell phone off: 

The sounds of everyday life sadly include way too many ringtones and alerts. Turn phones to vibrate, mute, or off when you can while you’re working.

Assign time for social media: 

Allocate a certain amount of time to your posting, surfing and engagement activities on social media and stick to it. Spending too much time on social media for business or even fun can sabotage your schedule.

Respect your work time: 

Limit family, friends or co-workers disrupting you during work time by setting boundaries for texts, chit-chat and idle talk interruptions unless it’s an emergency or essential. Or allow them before or after work and during breaks or lunch.

Prioritise by importance: 

Focus on things that need to be addressed first to stabilise your immediate situation. Things happen all the time that are unexpected. It’s best to resolve and solve issues as they’re unfolding.


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