Time is a precious thing. Unfortunately it can be easily stolen from us by pesky time thieves; doing someone a favour can set us off schedule, long meetings can often be counterproductive, and worrying over tiny details can sometimes waste hours. Here are our tips to rid the office of these minute-eating monsters!

   

Prioritise

Arranging your daily to-do list in the order of urgent to non-important can really help save time. Tackling the most pressing tasks first will make you feel more productive for the rest of the day, as well as physically lessening your load. Save unimportant and simple tasks for when your brain gets tired towards the end of the day. 

   

Schedule breaks

Including breaks in this time-saving list may seem ludicrous. However, by giving yourself regular time away from your desk, you will be able to return to your work well-rested and ready to focus. Relax your eyes and energise your body by taking a short brisk walk, having a chat with a colleague, or even just grabbing a coffee.

Breaks also work as excellent incentives when trying to complete difficult tasks. Promise yourself a biscuit if you finish that urgent report by 10am.

   

Set deadlines and time limits

On the same note, setting targets and limiting your time on a project can encourage you to concentrate harder and complete it sooner. In conjunction with regular breaks, it is also important not to waste your working time stressing over unimportant details. We’re not saying rush through all your responsibilities without a second’s thought, but we are saying learn when to move on from something.

Meetings are often the greatest consumers of time. A group can become unfocused or go off on a tangent when discussing new ideas and plans. Try to limit the length of meetings and learn to move forward if the team’s attention strays elsewhere.

   

Keep an organised desk

They say a tidy desk equals a tidy mind, and they’re probably right. Whilst some of us are not naturally neat, it is still important to keep on top of organisation. Not only will you save time when trying to find your things, but a well-ordered workspace will keep you undistracted during your daily duties.

   

Learn when to say no

Doing favours for others in the office certainly feels good at the time, but when Friday 6 o’clock rolls around and you’re still slogging through your own work, you may regret helping out Bob this morning (who happily skipped to the pub about an hour ago). Sure, continue to help your colleagues out with some errands, but remember to prioritise your own needs – it’s okay to say no!

   

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