Time is perhaps the most valuable commodity in existence. In essence, it is something that we have very little control over directly. There are a certain number of hours in a day, a certain number of days in a week, a certain number of weeks in a month and a predetermined number of months in a year. In addition, none of us know for sure how long we will be given on this earth. Therein lies the problem. It is a difficult concept to measure or to consider fully. What we do know is what we have on a short-term basis and that we should always plan for the long-term, however uncertain it actually is.
So important is time that a lack of it has been described as a new form of poverty, referred to as time scarcity. The term refers to the ongoing feeling that you are racing against a clock that increases in speed with each passing day. This new form of poverty has been said to cause anxiety and insomnia as well as reduced well-being. The associated stress means that people either don’t have time or simply don’t feel like exercising, which naturally causes a number of health issues.
We know that there will always be a trade-off between free time and time spent working. We are not here to suggest quitting your job and instead, to spend your days chasing the sun. We are here to remind you that you should always remember that time is your most valuable commodity. You should know how much you value it and do everything you can to organise your life to meet those expectations, within reason of course. There is no quick solution or easy answer but one thing absolutely every one of us can do is instil some processes into our lives that save time at work. This will reduce stress and allow you to be more productive, both at work and at home. So, let’s take a look at two simple ways to save time at work…
Plan Your Day Ahead of Time
This is probably something you have heard before. However, despite being one of the easiest and most efficient ways to save time, so many people fail to take advantage of this time-saving method.
Experts have suggested that planning your workday ahead of time saves valuable time in the long run. So, we suggest making a list of what you need to complete the following workday at the end of each day and have it waiting for you on your desk. This means that you don’t waste time wondering what it is you have to do, gives you time to unwind after work without worrying about the following day and means that you can get started as soon as you get to work. This is so simple, yet so effective. Take advantage!
There is a lot going on at work. We have already covered why it is so important to know what you have to do. Well, once you have covered this, you need to know in what order you need to do your tasks. Thankfully, we are living in the fourth industrial revolution and there are countless ways to save time using technology.
For example, a bill of materials software allows you to simply drag-and-drop to prioritize manufacturing orders. It also makes automatic inventory adjustments and provides you with real-time updates, meaning that you will never waste another minute wondering about your inventory.
When it comes to your work life, remember how important time is. The more efficient and in control you are in your professional life, the more relaxation time you have in your spare time. After all, it isn’t free time unless you actually feel free…