Top Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year
Time management is something that many of us struggle with. There can be days where it’s difficult to know where to start with the host of emails and tasks waiting at work, and how often have you said that you don’t have time to go to the gym last year?
If you’re looking for ways to make the most of your time, both in and out of work, then Laura Vanderkam has some suggestions.
Business Insider highlighted the key points from her TED Talk about how to gain control of your free time, with her tips coming from having studied how successful people manage their time.
Her main piece of advice is to write a performance review, but rather than looking back at how you did in 2016, she suggests picturing yourself at the end of a successful 2017 and writing down three to five things that you did to make it such a brilliant 12 months.
Once you have these, you can work backwards to set your goals and come up with manageable steps to help you achieve them during 2017.
According to Ms Vanderkam, this will help you identify your priorities, and it is useful to write two performance reviews – one for your professional and one for your personal life.
And once you know what important tasks you need to do, you can make time for them within your life. She adds that there are 168 hours in an average week for you to play with, so when you think of it in those terms you will find you have more free time than you think.
Keeping a time log is another of Ms Vanderkam’s recommendations if you’re struggling to work out how to fit everything you want to do into your life. That way, you can identify unaccounted for periods of time and get a clearer picture of how you could include more of the things you enjoy in your life.
“In 168 hours a week, I think we can find time for what matters to you,” she stated.
If you’ve noticed that your employees seem to struggle with managing their time at work, or are failing to strike the right work-life balance because of poor time management during the working day, you may be able to help by providing them with course on an introduction to time management.
And you can encourage them to carry out their own performance review to help them clarify their priorities in the office
But you should bear in mind that not everyone’s time management skills are equal, and that some will need more help to get on top of these than others.
In fact, a study published by the University at Albany last month found that our ability to manage time well may come, at least in part, from our childhoods. According to the researchers, adults who had consistent and regular schedules as children, with set bedtimes and regular mealtimes, are better at managing their time now they’ve grown up.