Time-Saving Tips for Executives
Being an executive can mean a very busy schedule each day. Sometimes it can even mean having every second planned out for you.
Although everyone in a business has the same hours in a day, being at the top can sometimes feel as if your time is way more limited. Thus, time-saving tips and tricks can make the biggest difference in not only your productivity but also the general functioning and flow of your business.
Here are 5 tips to help you save time as an executive:
Tip #1: Plan your day and week ahead of time
Take some time, even if it is only 30 minutes, at the start of the week to plan your schedule. Set clear objectives of what you want to achieve with your time and structure your weekly plan around those objectives.
Tip #2: Avoid Multi-Tasking
While it may seem productive to complete two tasks at once, all the studies have shown that it is not effective or efficient to multi-task. Although you are doing multiple things at once, you are not fully focused on any of them, producing sub-par work.
Tip #3: Set Short Deadlines
Setting deadlines helps you to get things done on time or ahead of time. Try setting extremely short deadlines to improve your time management. When deadlines are shorter, your focus is heightened, and you are able to complete tasks well ahead of time, without wasting too much time.
Tip #4: Delegate Tasks
Being an executive means having a whole team of individuals with their own sets of skills and strengths. Use that to your advantage and delegate tasks whenever you can. If another member of your team can complete a task more efficiently or effectively than you, then pass it on!
This will not only save you time, but it may also mean that more thought and stronger skills are used to complete the task. This leaves your schedule open to complete the most important tasks that require your particular expertise.
Tip #5: Prioritize your to-do list
After planning ahead (see tip #1), you now have a basic idea of what you’ll need to do each day. At the start of the day run through your to-do list and rank each item in terms of importance. Complete the most important items first, leaving the more menial tasks for later in the day that doesn’t necessarily require as much concentration.