Anything that can be measured, can be improved. This is quite a common perception bringing us to the question – what to keep track of? You don’t need to track every minute of your day, but everyone must measure productivity and the only metric is time. It could be a real eye-opener to get reports on how much time is being spent on a project. Here are few ways how time tracking can boost your productivity:
- Break your day into 45 minutes of productivity This rule is a way to divide up your time so that you can be efficient without getting burnt-out. To put it simply, each hour would have 45 minutes of work and 15 minutes of break or less demanding tasks. This means that you avoid the concentration drop which normally occurs when focus is overextended for a long period of time.
- Eliminating distractions may not be a completely new time management tip, but it is novel and effective. If your colleague is prone to interrupting you with questions, instead of waiting, approach first a few minutes before the meeting or call. Explain that you have a meeting coming up and trying to get any interruptions out of the way. Ask if there is anything your colleague needs to tell or ask before the work gets underway.
- Measure and improve your efficiency, even if you think you are efficient enough. Efficiency is mostly about doing the work within the given time frame or less and dedicating the remaining time to another project. Ideally, you want to be able to track current and projected costs, separating profitable projects from loss-makers, whether they are fixed-price or hourly billable. You also want to track employee contributions and recording their time in a trusted manner, so nobody must micro-manage the completion of timesheets.
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