We all have a limited amount of time. It’s a valuable resource that has a number on it. Struggling to finish tasks, trying to meet deadlines and catering to the endless requirements of finicky clients—we’ve all been there.
However, when your colleagues manage to complete projects in a timely manner, without overworking themselves, you’re left scratching your head in confusion. How did they manage to do that, when you’re left sitting in the office, with incomplete work?
The answer is simple. They know how to effectively manage their time.
Managing Your Time:
Any manager will tell you it’s important to manage your time. Being a salesperson means putting in long hours, compromising sleep, dedicating yourself to your work, and putting up with the never-ending demands of clients.
However, success doesn’t lie in working overtime. It lies in working smart. It’s important to work hard but it’s equally important to work efficiently.
Not only will you get more done in less time, you won’t be constantly fatigued and ready to give up.
Here are a few things to note if you’re struggling with managing time:
Create a Schedule that Works for You
Everyone works at his or her own pace and has a work schedule that works for them. It’s important to find what works for you. If you’re someone who needs to take breaks in between, then take short breaks, instead of longer ones. Reduce your breaks to 15 minutes every 2 hours.
This way you can plan your schedule properly, without slowing yourself down. You can start by creating a to-do-list. Jot down everything that needs to be done throughout the day. Plan your day according to the tasks you’ve been assigned.
You can cut down your breaks to 10 minutes when you’ve been assigned more work. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed, and your mind will get the rest it deserves.
Plan Your Day in the Morning
Use the first 30 minutes of your day to relax and plan your day. This will allow you to stick to a strict schedule. In addition, prioritize your work. If a project needs to be handled first thing in the morning, mark it as important. If you need to call a client to discuss something, do it as soon as possible. Not only will this help stick to a strict schedule, it will make you proactive.
You’ll get done with important and difficult tasks first. And this way, you won’t have to worry about high-priority projects later in the day. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to focus on smaller tasks.
Take 5 Minutes to Yourself Before Every Call
Before taking a call from a client, or calling a client, give yourself 5 minutes. If you’re nervous about discussing something important, a 5-minute break will help. Clear your thoughts, and focus on what you want to talk about. Write down and highlight important points.
It takes patience and dedication to become successful. However, with time management, it can become quicker. Managing your time also depends on you. What works for your colleagues may not work for you. It’s important to find out what works for you. This will help you manage your time efficiently, so you can climb up the ladder of success.
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