How to do what you need to do, when you need to do it.
A 2014 Salary.com survey of more than 750 employees found that 89 percent said they wasted at least some time at work each day. Entrepreneur and speaker Amy Vetter, writing in Inc. magazine, says that if you’re not organized with your time, it is easier to get distracted because you’re not clear on what you should be doing in that moment.
She outlines several steps for improving time management and staying more present and focused:
Take inventory of your time. You can’t improve something unless you know exactly what you’re working with. Keep a journal for a few weeks. Notice how productive you are at various times of the day and how high or low your energy level is.
Divide your day in two halves. Once you’ve determined how your energy tends to flow, divide the day up. If your energy tends to be highest in the morning, reserve that time for larger tasks that require more mental effort.
Enforce a five-minute rule. Give yourself a break before going straight from one meeting to the next. Take at least five minutes between meetings to center your mind, calm your body and redirect your attention to the moment.
Instead of wasting time, Vetter says, work with your natural energy level and be more purposeful about your day. The result will be increased productivity. Plus, you will probably feel a lot better if you accomplish what you set out to do. For more insights into this critical life skill, check out the full article.