i-Fundi’s Five Tips to Improve Your Time Management
The one trait that hampers productivity at work is the lack of effective time management. At i-Fundi, we offer the Further Education and Training Certificate in Generic Management qualification. One of the qualifications’ core modules includes Managing Time Effectively in the workplace. The qualification, a contact facilitated programme, will prepare you for employment in junior and middle management positions, but will also address issues to better manage your time at work.
Let this list be a catalyst to start you thinking regularly about how to refine your own practices.
- Complete most important tasks first
This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first.
Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.
- Learn to say “no”
Making many time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time. This can be a great thing.
However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.
- Devote your entire focus to the task at hand
Close out all other browser windows. Put your phone away, out of sight and on silent. Find a quiet place to work, or listen to some music if that helps you (I enjoy listening to classical or ambient music while writing sometimes).
Concentrate on this one task. Nothing else should exist. Immerse yourself in it.
- Get an early start
Nearly all of us are plagued by the impulse to procrastinate. It seems so easy, and you always manage to get it done eventually, so why not?
Take it from a recovering chronic procrastinator — it’s so much nicer and less stressful to get an earlier start on something. It isn’t that difficult either, if you just decide firmly to do it.
- Create organizing systems.
Being organised saves tons of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra-organised person in the world either. Systems aren’t complicated to implement.
Create a filing system for documents. Make sure all items have a place to be stored in your dwelling. Unsubscribe from e-mail lists if you don’t want to receive their content. Streamline, streamline, streamline.
We hope these tips help you to better manage your time.
If you would like to register for the Further Education and Training Certificate in Generic Management, contact us today on 011 290 5900, or fill in this contact form.
i-Fundi is a private Further Education and Training institute, registered with Umalusi and the Services SETA. We offer a range of accredited qualifications and skills programmes and end to end learnership management services for companies wanting to up-skill new or existing staff. i-Fundi is a Level 1 Certified Contributor (135%) in terms of the BBBEE scorecard rating. Having worked with over 10,000 learners for some of South Africa’s leading companies, we have the skills and experience to help your business succeed.