The time management process that works
All business owners know that time is precious...and often priceless. The issue of time is one of the biggest barriers companies can face when entering themselves for an award.
In an office environment of tight deadlines and pressured workloads an award entry can seem like a daunting task, and time management methods become crucial to the task. One of the most successful of these is the single-handling technique.
The single-handling technique is easy: focus on a single task. And it works.
Studies show that by concentrating single-mindedly on your most important task, you can reduce the time required to complete it by 50% or more. With a typical award entry taking up to 12-18 hours, that's nearly a full office day of time clawed back from the abyss of procrastination.
Juggling tasks and chipping away at several projects, whilst actually completing none, is unproductive and disheartening to say the least.
Picking up and dropping a task is all too-easy. We're all guilty of putting something off in the workplace. It's estimated that with our tendencies to start and stop a task, coming back to it later, it can increase the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500%.
Yes, 500%. That's an enormous drain on your work resources.
Each time you return to the task, you have to familiarise yourself with where you left off, the statistics and details, what you still have left to do...you have to overcome inertia and get yourself going again. Working on a task doesn't come with a simple on-and-off switch. You have to develop momentum and get into a rhythm. The time it takes to warm yourself up before you reach peak productivity is, quite simply, time wasted.
Single-handling technique requires individual focus on one priority until completion. Clear a space in your diary, get yourself comfortable and chain yourself to that desk until the task is done. With a completed application under your belt you'll have a weight off your mind and you'll be able to steam on with the rest of your workload, without the niggling stress of uncompleted tasks.
Sometimes it just isn't possible to do the full entry in one sitting. But if you apply single-handling technique to each individual part of the application form, you'll still reap the benefits of the process and get the confidence boost from successfully checking-off each item section of the application.