It’s Important to Have These Time Management Skills in the Workplace

As you advance your job search, keep in mind that time management skills are always in high demand. Employers will assess your ability to effectively manage time because those who do are more productive, efficient, and likely to meet deadlines and deliver expected results.

Time management is a combination of multiple skills that all add up to working effectively. To make your time management skills stand out, include them on your resume and in your cover letter, and weave them into the message points you bring across during interviews. They might include:

SMART Goal Setting

Goals should always be a stretch, encouraging you to extend your limits a little beyond your comfort zone while growing in the process. But, you need to be smart about goal setting. Follow that very acronym. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Successful goal setting boils down to:

  • Breaking bigger tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  • Accurately gauging how long each step will take, and
  • Ultimately setting both short and long-term goals that are within your reach.
  • Prioritizing

    Often, time and deadline pressure force you into artificially “prioritizing” whatever task is right in front of you or whatever current fire needs to be put out. Effective prioritization means minimizing the fires.

  • Take a breath. Then prioritize tasks based on their importance and impact, difficulty, complexity, and deadlines. Sure, there will always be unexpected developments. But if you adopt a style of prioritizing regularly, you’ll be able to set aside time to handle them – and still get to the other items on your to-do list, or rearrange those priorities to make it all work.
  • Scheduling

    Effective scheduling comes down to time blocking. This means mapping out each day realistically by assigning blocks on your calendar to correspond to specific projects, tasks, meetings, and activities – and then sticking to this schedule.

  • Successful time blocking involves understanding how long individual tasks will take, being intentional with your time, and redirecting your attention when you lose your focus.
  • Hint: Here are some questions to ask yourself when scheduling or agreeing to attend meetings: What do I want to accomplish during this meeting? Could the same thing be accomplished via email or over the phone? If not, what can I do to ensure the meeting runs as efficiently as possible?
  • Delegating

    This means giving someone else a task or part of a task to do instead of you handling it entirely by yourself.

  • Delegating is just for the boss, you may think … but this is not necessarily the case. If you are on a team assigned to a project, it’s likely there can be some give and take when it comes to delegating. It works best with less urgent tasks and helps clear the way for you to focus on the things only you can do.
  • As you fine-tune your time management skills – and all the preparation you need as you find your next great career opportunity, consider partnering with PrideStaff Modesto. We can help at every step of the way. We specialize in administration, customer service, IT, accounting and finance, legal support, healthcare, and production. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.