Basic concepts for better time management at work

Good organization —whether in headhunting or in other professions— plays a key role in aiming for success.

Since headhunting involves juggling tons of daily information about candidates and meetings, good time management is high on anyone's list of priorities if they want to do their job better and more efficiently.

So: How to get the most out of our working day?

This time we turn to Steve Finkel's advice to improve time management and get the most out of the work we do. The first of the tips that Finkel gives is:

Eliminate time on non-productive tasks: spending time on something that does not generate benefits is equivalent to taking away part of our income. Finkel points out that personal calls are one of the biggest impediments to being productive. Non-urgent calls should be reduced as much as possible.

Staying busy with work is another of Finkel's tips for not getting distracted by things like co-worker chatter, but there's another factor that disrupts our efficiency: the Internet! The fact that nowadays a lot of people use it as part of their job makes it easy for them to waste time in activities that do not have to do with work, something that has been emphasized since remote work has come into our lives. A recent survey of 3,750 workers by Workfront, a work management software company, revealed that workers are interrupted by emails, instant messages, and other digital distractions an average of nearly 14 times a day. Robby MacDonnell, CEO of RescueTime, pointed out that "the solution to the lack of concentration in the workplace is not to eliminate technology, but to learn to change the way it is used."

In relation to distractions, the psychologist Gabriela Paoli, expert trainer and consultant in personal and organizational development issues, points out that multitasking is something that can lead us to get distracted more easily.

Focusing on doing one thing at a time is more productive than trying to pay attention to many and not doing any of them well enough. Both Finkel and Paoli agree that attention is not everything, you also have to take into account your attitude. Finkel emphasizes that the time you spend before sitting at your desk determines your attitude for the rest of the workday.

Organizing your day is crucial: set deadlines, set goals, find a work methodology that fits what you need.

Your results will improve exponentially by establishing good time management patterns and eliminating bad habits. Focusing on honing our skills coupled with effective time management will ensure remarkable success and enable us to tackle any job challenge.


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