17 time management tips to be more productive

If you want to be successful in your career, then there's very little time to waste, you need to adapt you time and project management skills effectively. So how exactly can you be more productive, both at work and at home, and while looking for a job?

Here are 17 time management tips to help you find more time in the day:

Time management tips to be productive at home

1. Get to bed at a reasonable hour and rise early, feeling rested and recuperated.

2. Fuel up at breakfast time to make sure you've got the energy reserves for a busy day.

3. Plan leisure activities on evenings and weekends to reward yourself for working hard.

4. Discuss your February goals with a friend or family member and regularly discuss your progress.

Time management tips to be productive at work

5. Try to spend time in the office when you're less likely to be disturbed or get side-tracked (e.g. early in the morning before your colleagues arrive).

6. Organise your day into time blocks and focus on one task at a time.

7. Create a list of tasks to complete and tick each one off as you complete it.

8. Aim for a high level of performance, but don't strive for perfection - it is usually unattainable, yet the pursuit is highly time-consuming.

9. Avoid clock watching; it will put you under greater pressure and throw your concentration.

10. Delay low-priority tasks until you have more time available. In 2015, March will have two more working days than February, offering greater scope for doing the 'non-essentials'.

11. Set a list of priorities for the following day before you leave work. Ensure any incomplete tasks are tackled first in the morning, to get them signed off.

12. Use the phone rather than email when you're engaging in extended dialogue, as it's much quicker to speak than type out the same message.

Time management tips for job-hunting

13. Create a CV template, which can be tailored quickly to specific roles you apply for. You can do the same with your cover letter.

14. Make your commute more productive, where possible search jobs boards, read role criteria and research employer organisations.

15. Set a block of time aside each night – even if it's only half an hour – to focus on your job search.

16. Visit a recruitment agency on a lunch hour, to learn about job market trends, available jobs in your field and find out whether you are earning an above or below average salary for your industry.

17. Be ambitious. You may not have an abundance of free time in February, but there are great career opportunities up for grabs if you make the effort.

If you can manage time effectively, you will be in control of your work and personal life. Hopefully these time management tips will help you improve your work-life balance, something we all strive for.

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