Are you at work feeling overloaded and increasingly stressed? Find out how you can reclaim your time, boost your productivity and feel in control with these four smart strategies:
1. Integrate time-blocking into your calendar.
To-do lists are great and no IT professional should be without one. Time-blocking, however, takes to-do lists to the next level. It's a simple but incredibly powerful concept – allocating a specific time-slot to the task in question. You can do this at the start of the day with an online calendar or a physical one, but the important element is not to be distracted – so make sure you turn off your phone and avoid social media until it's done!
2. Delegate effectively
If you're an IT manager, learning how to delegate effectively is one of the most important elements of your role. It frees you up to use your skills in the best way and it gives other team members the chance to develop and hone their skills. However, delegating tasks needs to be done carefully with key objectives and set metrics to avoid issues coming back to haunt you at a later date.
3. Use the OHIO Principle
Most people waste a lot of time by repeatedly checking emails throughout the day. Use the 'Only Handle It Once' principle to avoid wasting valuable time. Experts recommend checking your emails once every couple of hours and replying to the most important messages immediately.
4. Think about new ways to prioritise tasks
It's obvious that the most important tasks need to be done first, but sometimes it's hard to identify which task should take priority. There are many different tools that are well worth exploring.