When trying to run a successful business, it can be easy to focus on big projects and lose sight of lesser priorities or personal time. It is vital for leaders to find ways to stay organized and maximize productivity.
Inc.com offers the following five tips to help leaders keep themselves on track and make the most of their time.
Calendars are not just for meetings. A study from the University of California Irvine found employees on average are interrupted once every three minutes. Use your calendar to block off windows of time daily to focus on tasks uninterrupted. Block off certain windows for meetings so you do not have to stop what you are doing to jump on a call.
Keep it personal. It can be easy to let technology dictate your day. Although such tools can make life more efficient, try to use technology that helps enhance personal connection rather than replace it.
Establish healthy routines. It is important to stick to a routine and create separate spaces for work and home life. Technology has made it easier for work time and personal time to mix, and you need time to turn off. Having separate spaces can help prevent burnout and ensure you can fully focus on work during work hours.
Go analog. With so much technology, it can be beneficial to take to-dos offline. If you are struggling to keep track of lists in tabs and documents, then try pen and paper lists. You also can use physical folders to organize necessary tasks for each day. Sometimes time away from a laptop or phone is needed.
Organize your inbox. Leaders’ tasks largely go through their inboxes. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by emails, but you can organize your inbox—for example, into categories such as items you need to address and items you are waiting for others to address—so you can tackle your day more efficiently.