Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to arrive 10 minutes early to destinations, meetings, or other events. Being punctual is a sought after trait - not only by employers, but also by family, friends, and colleagues. Being on time, or early, for things assures others that you respect people’s time. It also benefits you. When you arrive 10 minutes early to something, you grant yourself a few minutes of wiggle room. You have time to breathe or do any last minute preparation. This will help you go into job interviews more confidently, meetings more prepared, and outings with friends more relaxed. Rushing around and being late can be stressful. After awhile, it can take a toll on your health and well-being. So, today, challenge yourself to arrive 10 minutes early to anything you have planned. Better yet, force yourself to do this for the next seven days. After a while, it will become a habit. If you struggle with time management, take an honest look at why you’re always running late. Is it because you hit snooze one too many times this morning? Is it because you got stuck in traffic? Is it because that client call went a little longer than expected? When you identify your time sucks, it will be easier to see what’s holding you back from being on time. And, you can take steps to prevent those things from happening in the future. If you sleep in each morning, force yourself to wake up 15 minutes earlier. If you get stuck in traffic, take a different route. If your client calls always seem to run over, set aside more time for them. What are your secrets to being on time? Tell us!
Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to close your email for one hour. Email, while convenient, is also a massive time waster. Many of us spend hours in our inboxes responding to emails. As a result, our other duties are pushed off until later in the day. Worse, if you keep your email open throughout the day, chances are you get distracted every time a new message pops up. Again, this takes away from your actual work. Whether you get 300 emails a day or three, it’s important to chance your email habits so you can concentrate on your work and manage your time more effectively. Today, challenge yourself to close your email for at least one hour. Don’t leave it in an open tab, don’t check it, and disable any desktop notifications. Another trick you can do is to set designated email times during the day. So, for example, you could only allow yourself to check emails from 9-9:30am, 12:-12:30pm, and 4:30-5pm. That way, you can use the rest of your day to get other projects done. How long do you close your email for during the day? Do you have designated email times? Tell us!
Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to identify your “time sucks.” You probably know someone who seems like they "do it all." Have you ever wondered how they can make the time? We all have 24 hours in a day, yet some people seem to accomplish so much more within that time frame. But why can't you? These days, it feels like we never have enough time, we’re always running late, and there’s always something more important to do. Sure, we live in a demanding, fast-paced world. But if you don’t make time to do the things you enjoy or need to do, you risk falling into a dark pit filled with stress, anxiety, and unhappiness. Your time is a precious commodity, so you should treat it like you treat your money. In order to develop a healthier work-life balance, you need to pinpoint where your time and energy is going on a daily basis. Are you spending it in the right places? Today, take some time to identify your “time sucks” and determine which ones you can eliminate or reduce. For example, are you spending all of your time waiting in traffic? Perhaps it’s time to consider moving closer to work or finding a new job that’s closer to home. Are you wasting all of your time in front of the TV? Give yourself a “TV allowance” each week or stop watching TV altogether. Are you saying “yes” to too many activities you don’t care about? Determine which activities are the most important and decline the rest. When identify your “time sucks,” it makes it easier to ration your time on more important things. What are YOUR “time sucks” and how did you overcome them? Tell us!
If you are already have a full-time job but want to seek something new, finding the time in your schedule to search for fresh opportunities can be difficult; particularly if your evenings and weekends tend to fill up with social and extra-curricular activities. Related: 5 Job Search Time Wasters To Avoid To make achieving that balance a little easier, we have compiled a guide to utilizing your time throughout your job search while maintaining a healthy social and work life.
Let’s discuss an important part of a successful job search: How to take the elements/tasks of your job search plan and break them down into daily chunks. Related: Use This Job Search Plan To Slash Your Time By 50% I am a nut about planning and time management. Planning your daily schedule must happen if you are to obtain your goals faster, but it takes discipline and a system. Take what you have in the project plan and put each of these tasks into your paper or online planners for the days and weeks you want to accomplish them. Be sure to book things as meetings when you need to have devoted time. I have to do this for my writing. I will book on the calendar a time slot to work on an article, a clients resume or project plan, just as I would a client call or meeting. I turn off e-mail and get to work. You have to be this disciplined to get it done. If you feel disorganized, take the time, an hour or more if needed, to organize your plan and even your work environment. I know there are times when I take 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday just to clean up my desk, put files away, pull out new files for the clients I will be working with in the coming week, and access my coming schedule for the week, even month. I find if I walk into my office Monday morning and I have piles and piles on my desk, it throws off what I was planning to work on that morning and causes me to spend more time looking for things in piles rather than focusing on the task at hand. This same process will help you plan out your calls, meetings, interview preparation time, and so on. This chunk of time will help you to be more productive and focused come Monday morning. Now, for calendaring tools, here is what I find helpful. I utilize digital as well as paper time management resources. I have tried going paperless several times but it just doesn’t work for me. I really need to be able to view my month or week at a glance with all the big appointments standing out for me. Find the best that works for you, but you must have three things: