Executives in senior management roles often find themselves trapped in the cycle of a never-ending to-do list. Staying productive can be a challenge, especially when you feel like you’re constantly trying to get caught up at work.
The key to staying productive is focusing your efforts and planning effectively. Here are some quick pointers to help you better manage your time:
Install a time management app on your smartphone
There are countless productivity apps you can download right to your phone to help you track your to-do list and ensure you get things done. For example, the Any.do app helps you manage your daily planning; you can set a deadline on tasks, organize your lists into project folders, receive timely reminders and sync projects seamlessly to your home computer.
Designate time to answer emails
Your inbox can be a huge productivity drain if not managed efficiently. Set aside a specific time each day to respond to emails so you can stay on task. You will remain inefficient if you constantly stop what you are doing to send a reply. If you are not expecting anything urgent, turn off email notifications sent to your phone.
Block unneccessary distractions
While temptations may exist all around you, the time you get at your desk is extremely valuable. Know what meetings to refuse. Disconnect from social media.
We all need to ask for help sometimes. Trust your colleagues to help you complete certain projects. Be sure to give them the resources they need to deliver the best results.