Tips for Time Management

There are only 24 hours in a day, and no matter how much extra you try to squeeze into each day, that fact is never going to change. The question that remains is how to use those 24 hours most efficiently and effectively to get done as much as you can in the time that you have. While some people have no problem managing their minutes on a daily basis, others might not be as lucky. Make the most out of each day with these tips for time management.

  • Prioritize.

Like I said, there are only 24 hours in a day, which means that if you have 26 hours worth of things to do, you’re going to have to make some decisions. Even though, in your mind, everything needs to be done today, there is likely a hierarchy of importance with these tasks. Figure out what absolutely needs to be done that day, and work backwards, choosing 3 or 4 of the most important tasks to complete each day.  

  • Get a good night’s rest.

Sure, on the busiest days, the last thing that you feel like you have time for is sleep, but missing sleep will hurt you in the long run by impacting your productivity and not allowing you to be at your best. While it’s easy to cut 2 hours of sleep out of your night to make room for more tasks to complete, don’t sell yourself short by not giving your body the rest and rejuvenation that it needs to begin each day at 100%.

  • Get a jump start on the day.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” and this phrase has stuck around so long because it’s true. Procrastination is the killer of productivity, so get an early jump on each day to keep yourself on your toes.

  • Focus on one task at a time.

If you tackle each task with the entirety of your to-do list in the back of your mind, you’re going to overwhelm yourself before you even start while not making your list any shorter. Focus 100% (or as much as you can) of your attention on the task at hand, and do this for each task on your list until you complete them.

Traits All Great CEOs Share

With any business, it’s vital that CEOs focus on being effective leaders and avoid letting the desire for more profit overshadow their talent for leadership. To be a successful CEO, there are certain traits that are imperative to possess in order to lead the company and work toward its future success. Without these vital traits, a CEO may be able to hold the position, but he won’t be considered one of the “great” CEOs.

They are self-aware

Even though you’ve made it to the top of the company, it doesn’t mean you’re infallible. Great CEOs know that they sometimes make mistakes and understand their own weaknesses (as well as their strengths!). Knowing where they do and do not excel allows a CEO to delegate tasks as necessary. Through being self-aware, a CEO can also handle constructive criticism and improve in different areas.

They are optimistic

A negative attitude can bring the entire company down, so it’s important that a CEO displays optimism, even if there are some issues. Keeping a positive attitude and showing that optimism to employees will encourage them to look on the bright side and work toward finding a solution, instead of unproductively worrying about a problem.

They are realistic

Just as optimism is important, so is being realistic. Great CEOs know what to expect from their employees and know what is too much to ask. A company doesn’t become successful overnight and issues cannot be immediately resolved, so a CEO must know what a realistic timeline is for the business, as well as what expectations she should have for the business, given its resources.

They care

One of the most important traits a person can have in any position is showing others that they care. When a CEO is genuinely interested in his employees and concerned about their well-being, it translates into him valuing the company. This sense of value often inspires employees to work better. The best way to show you care is listening to people when they talk and making an effort to sincerely understand what they’re saying.

They are risk-takers

Generally, risk is involved if you want a business to show serious growth. CEOs understand the importance of risk-taking, but also know how much risk is appropriate for their individual business. Taking unnecessary risks is bad and can endanger the company.

They are learners

Great CEOs are always learning. Whether it’s how to better work with employees or developing a new skill through classes or a conference, truly fantastic CEOs make a point to keep learning throughout their professional careers. You can always learn something new and you’d be surprised what skills might benefit your career.