Almost everyone has heard the phrase Time is Money! This was one of the first few phrases that I heard in my childhood. Like every other child, I didn’t pay much attention to it back then, but now I think it holds true for any person, student, worker or business entity.
Today’s big world of business is dynamic and things are changing with high velocity. In order to keep abreast with the changing trends, businesses should act in a timely manner, i.e. doing things at the right time and the right place! I personally concur with the fact that nowadays every organization wants their employees to be effective and efficient because with changing economies, where lay-offs and downsizing are on the rise, every business setup wants their employees to be productive. Being efficient calls for doing work or producing results in a short time or with fewer resources. So, if every employee gets efficient and accomplishes tasks in a timely manner, it would become an ideal working setup. But nothing in this world is perfect; employees, myself included(at times), waste time at the workplace.
Adam Gurian, President of Timex, has shared his top 10 tips that can be used to save precious time at work. I have personally tried and to my surprise, they do work! Here they are:
- Minor tasks that arise every day at work should be tackled immediately. This practice can save you time in the long run.
- Before you leave the office, do the prep work for tomorrow’s tasks.
- Short “mental breaks” during work can rejuvenate you and help you be more productivity.
- Organizing your tasks can help you keep a track of what to do and when to do it.
- Whenever you receive a call during work time, stand up and receive the call. This will shorten the time spent on the call and help you come to the point of the conversation quickly.
- Always stick to a schedule.
- If you know you can’t accomplish a task that is being assigned to you, then muster up the courage to say no to that task. There is no shame if you’re unable to do “everything”.
- Avoid opening every other email (unless you know it is important!). Most of the time people waste time reading emails that are actually “not” important.
- Limit social media sites in the workplace. Social media is undoubtedly a big problem and time waster for employees. The high amount of usage of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at work have become huge contributors to wasting time and decrease in efficiency.
- The use of technology to make the most of your time is a good idea. I for one am a big user of Skype and I make sure I can do most of my meetings via Skype to save time and, of course, travel expenses.
Timex’s ideas of saving time are indeed thoughtful. Creating schedules, a to-do-list for everyday, organizing the important tasks and giving priority to those tasks are useful tips for any person who wants to be productive and efficient at work. I would say one of the imperative tricks of the trade, though, is to think smarter and act smarter from today, because if you’re not concentrating on doing your job as efficiently as possible, there is most likely someone else who can!