As a financial professional, time management is important. Between client meetings, calls and running a business while trying to balance your personal life, it’s easy to understand how one can get burned out from constantly working. In fact, studies have shown that 70% of us work beyond closing time and continue hustling throughout the weekend.
Here at TruChoice, we understand how hard you work and want to help you succeed in every facet of your career. While there is a lot of time management advice readily available online, not all well-known facts are true, making it easy to repeat mistakes you’ve always relied upon.
Want to learn what these common mistakes are? Here are just a few you don’t want to make a habit of.
Mistake #1: Believing that there isn’t enough time to get the task done
When it comes down to it, everyone only has 24 hours in a day. No one has an advantage with time. Complaining about not having enough time is not going to help your situation. To really tackle your day, you have to attack the root of the problem: you aren’t 100%
sure how to use the 24 hours to accomplish everything on your schedule. After acknowledging the limitations, you are placing on your schedule, you can focus on improving your time management and start getting work done faster!
Mistake #2: Thinking that you will reduce your workload by increasing productivity
Just because you are managing your days properly doesn’t mean your workload will decrease. Oftentimes, when we manage our time better, we add extra work into our schedules that may not have made the cut beforehand. To keep yourself motivated through the workweek, we recommend following the 80/20 productivity rule, allowing yourself 20% of the day to do activities you enjoy!
Mistake #3: Getting everything done in the shortest amount of time possible
Just because you are speeding through your tasks does not mean you’ll be effective! Working extra hours without breaks will only get you so far. To make sure you complete all of your tasks correctly, make sure to take your time. Additionally, you will be able to maintain your pace in the long run by allowing yourself the time necessary to recharge.
Mistake #4: Being afraid to say “no”
If you say “yes” to everyone and never say “no” to others’ requests, you’ll allow the other people’s tasks to get ahead of your own schedule. Do not be afraid to turn down an offer in order to stay on track and keep your productivity high!
Mistake #5: Waking up early to get ahead
If you are not a morning person, you do not have to wake up early to start your day! Figure out which time you are the most productive and work your schedule around a routine. If you task yourself at the time when you are most zoned in to tackle your biggest tasks, you will be able to accomplish your secondary tasks with ease.
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