It’s shockingly simple for any career to take a nosedive and especially in the landscape of modern careers, effective time management has emerged as a linchpin for anyone aspiring to successfully climb the career ladder.
Time management is now an increasingly tricky thing to master whilst navigating a world of ever-increasing demands and distractions. Thus, the ability to master time is not merely a skill but a strategic advantage.
Here are 3 tips for you.
The Two-Minute Rule
Consider this, if the estimated time for a task is two minutes or less than two minutes, do it immediately; this seemingly small habit very often prevents tiny tasks from piling up and stealing your time later.
Start by identifying tasks that can be completed in two minutes or less. These are often simple, routine actions that you tend to procrastinate on, like responding to a short email, making a quick phone call, or jotting down a to-do list item.
Then, you want to designate a specific part of your day, perhaps in the morning or before lunch, as your “Two-Minute Zone.” During this time, focus exclusively on clearing these quick tasks, limiting distractions later in the day.
Weekly Time Blocks
A lot of juggling is required for a successful career, professionally and personally. You don’t want to have a shabby office because there’s no time to get your office painted or neglect to attend networking events because of work deadlines.
Weekly time blocks prevent you from neglecting areas.
For example, you could have a weekly schedule where you allocate Monday mornings to work on your current job tasks, Tuesday afternoons for skill-building through online courses, Wednesday evenings for networking events or calls, and Friday afternoons for self-care.
This way, you have a balanced approach that keeps you on an upward trajectory.
Pomodoro Technique with a Twist
Chances are you’ve heard of the Pomodoro technique, but not of this variation where after every 25-minute work session, you spend the 5-minute break reflecting on what you’ve accomplished and planning the next session.
This works because the Pomodoro Technique helps you maintain focus and productivity by breaking your work into manageable intervals, and adding reflection and planning during the breaks means that your work remains goal-oriented and aligned with your career objectives.
For example, say you’re working on a research report. After a 25-minute Pomodoro session, you take a 5-minute break to reflect. You realize you’ve gathered a substantial amount of data but need to refine your analysis. During the break, you briefly review your initial goals and plan to focus on data analysis in the next session.
Building a career takes work and time and so it’s a good idea to learn how to manage time to your advantage. Adopting these time management tips means an easier time of it all.