Do you feel like you’ve been working all day, but still haven’t accomplished much? No matter how hard you try, work just doesn’t seem to end; instead, each day, you’re busy tackling other aspects of your job, and rarely have time to get down to the core tasks.
Given the amount of our daily work, it’s likely that we lose track of time. For contractors, time management is crucial. They have projects that have to be completed on time and they just cannot afford to miss a deadline. The situation is even more challenging for independent contractors, for they have to keep a track of every minute that they spent working as they are billed hourly.
So, here’s our first part of our blog that talks about five time management tips for contractors:
Schedule your Day
Grab a pen and a paper and jot down your schedule for the day. With each task, set clear timelines and follow them. Do this every morning, before you start working on any task. Keep your schedule on your desk and cross out the listed tasks as you complete them. Track the time you took to complete the task against the one you had set in your schedule. You can save more time and implement a time tracking software to track time for you.
Prioritize your Tasks
Prioritizing tasks is essential. You need to make sure that all high priority tasks are completed prior to the low ones. When scheduling your day, always list tasks according to its priority. This will help you in managing your time effectively and completing your tasks efficiently.
Get Rid of Distractions
Once you’re done scheduling and prioritizing, get down to work immediately. Avoid all interruptions. Limit the amount of times you check your email. If you’re managing a team, delegate tasks and resist being a micro-manager.
Working on a range of tasks thinking that you might be able to accomplish more is a myth. Concentrate on a single task at a time. Finish the job and only then move on to the next one. The quality of your work will also be improved.
Combine related tasks to manage your time. For instance, if you need to make phone calls, group the task together and complete it in a single go. Allocate a specific time slot for all related activities and tasks in order to streamline your process and manage time.
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Take a look at the full demo here. Also stay tuned for part 2!