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Dos and Don’ts for Better Time Management This Budget Season

Dos and Don’ts for Better Time Management This Budget Season

“If only there was more time in the day!” Do you ever find yourself saying some variation of that statement? You’re definitely not alone. Time is a precious, limited resource…especially during budget season, when your to-do list seems to be endless. Unfortunately, there’s no way to add more hours to your day. But there are a few simple dos and don’ts for better managing the time you do have.

Do: Get Organized
Do you dive right into emails and voicemails first thing in the morning? Resist that temptation. Instead, spend the first 20 minutes of your day getting organized. Take a look at your to-do list, determine your priorities and set goals for the day. Then, take a deep breath and dive in!

Don’t: Try to Do It All Yourself
If you try to take on everything yourself, you’ll quickly find yourself feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. Instead, ask for help when you need it and delegate tasks, when appropriate, to members of your team. Asking for help allows you to get a new perspective on a project, and it also opens up your time to take on other important tasks.

Do: Tackle the Most Difficult Task First
If you’ve got a list of tasks a mile long, your instinct might be to knock of the easiest tasks first. Instead, try tackling the toughest task first, when your energy hasn’t been drained from other tasks. That way, you won’t spend the entire day dreading the difficult task, plus, the sense of accomplishment you get from accomplishing a difficult task will be a good motivation to cross more to-dos off your list.

Don’t: Multitask
Your mind is going in a million different directions. You’re on a conference call, texting one of your leasing agents, and responding to a resident email  – all at the same time. Sound familiar? In today’s fast-paced world, multi-tasking has become the norm. But research shows that the human mind isn't meant to multitask and chronic multi-tasking can actually have a negative effect on creativity, memory and other brain functions. If you try to do too many things at once, you’ll be distracted…and more prone to errors. So, whenever possible, focus on one thing at a time.

What other dos and don’ts would you add to this list? 

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