From the lecture hall to the boardroom, the ability to manage your time well is key to being successful.
Do you find yourself continuously rushing your work to meet deadlines? Could you benefit from some advice about organising your time to improve your efficiency in the work place?
Time management skills are essential, and like most other attributes such as leadership and communication, they take time to develop and master. But once honed, it can increase the quality of work you produce and make you a better manager in the long term.
You will need to set clear goals and prioritise. Great managers are able to focus on urgent and important tasks, organise their work schedule accordingly, make lists of what tasks they need to do and persevere when things are not working out.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) reveal their top digital tools for meeting all of your deadlines.
Suitable for those who work endlessly throughout the day, Time Out is a standout app for reminding you to take a break. Each year, new research shows you'll actually get more done if you take periodic short breaks to refresh, as giving our eyes and mind a break from the computer screen can allow us to come back to the job with renewed energy and a sense of purpose. Time Out aims to help by reminding you to take a break at an interval set by you.
Developing great time management skills is largely due to habit, and Coach.Me, is one of the leading habit-tracking systems. Based on the premise that you have a better chance of reaching your goals and establishing new habits if you crowdsource feedback and encouragement, Coach.Me allows you to choose your goals and then select the type of coaching you require from the app’s social community.
This ranges from advice, motivation or prompting. Coach.Me enables privacy on any goal you don’t want to share with the wider community and you can also join the hundreds of plans created by others.
The Focus Booster time manager breaks your tasks down into 25-minute sessions, each followed by a five-minute break. After four sessions, you take a longer 15- to 20-minute break.
In addition to boosting productivity, the intervals can also serve as creative fuel, allowing the brain to relax and analyse problems in different ways.
Available on Mac and Windows, the app aims keep the user’s mind refreshed as you work. Also, this more regimented system could help provide you with a little more structure and rest time.
REMEMBER THE MILK
Do you find yourself jotting ideas and tasks down on paper, post-it notes or in your mind, yet still end up forgetting? You’re not alone! Remember the Milk is tailored to help by effectively recording and managing your to-do lists.
Ideal for executives, employees, teams and students, Remember the Milk sends you reminders via SMS, email and IM so that you won’t forget a task. This tool further allows you to share tasks with team members and assign tasks.
The app can also be synced with other task management tools such as Evernote and Google Calendar. Remember the Milk offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
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