5 Tips to Help You Stay Ahead of Your Schedule

April 21, 2017

2:20 pm

Our schedule is an important resource that we can’t purchase, it often used ineffectively. Planning ahead the schedule of work is a great way for you to think about the goals you want to achieve daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. This puts you on track to meet your goals.

How do we plan ahead the schedule of your work? Set an everyday time to help you with your scheduling – at the start of each day, week or month, for example. There are a various number of tools to select from. An easy method to efficiently plan your schedule is to use a pen and paper, use a weekly planner to organize your plan.

Once you have decided which tool you wish, keep an eye out for these things in your schedule to make managing your workload a little easier.

Available Time

Identify the time available for you to complete your work is an efficient way to plan ahead your schedule. The time you use at work should echo your job design and your life individual goals. For example, it may be reasonable to work after normal hours every day to show that you are dedicated if you are pushing for promotion. If on the contrary, you want to have enough time for out-of-work activities, you might choose to do your appropriate hours and no more extra hours.

Essential Actions

Next, a segment in the essential actions you definitely must perform to go a great job. Because you will often be assessed against this actions by your boss. For example, ensure that you have extra time available to deal with your team members personal problems, coaching, and supervision needs if you are a manager. Also, create extra time to relate with your boss and the most important individuals around you.

High-Priority Activities

Schedule in essential priority and important activities, as well as the important maintenance tasks that cannot be avoided or performed by anyone else, by reviewing your to-do list. Try to organize these activities for the times of day when you are most active – for example, some individuals are very efficient and active in the morning, while some other individuals are more active and productive in the afternoon or evening.

Contingency Time

Next tip is managing various emergencies and contingencies by scheduling extra time. Experience will tell you how much extra time you should schedule. generally, the more erratic your job is, the more contingency time you' will need to schedule. Note that, emergencies will still occur if you don’t schedule an extra time and you'll end up staying late at work. Constant interruptions can take more of your time. Learning how to use your time will help decrease the number of contingency time you need to schedule. There are some contingencies that will be difficult to forecast, but leaving some extra time in your schedule offers you the flexibility you need to organize and perform tasks and reply to key issues as they come up.

Discretionary Time

The empty space you have in your schedule is your “discretionary time”. This is a time that is at hand to help you convey your priorities and meet up with your goals. Review your to-do list and personal goals that are prioritized, check out the time needed to meet them up, and efficiently plan them ahead.

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Deborah is the Head of Content at Aims Digital, the AI-powered licensing platform for user-generated content. Technologist and Nutritionalist.