Poor time management can be associated with procrastination, problems with attention and concentration, or difficulty with self-control. To counter such barriers to the organization of time, psychologists began to promote the idea of setting up work environments that increased efficiency and productivity. The key thing in the whole story is to find the optimal environment that represents a suitable workspace.
However, this varies from person to person. While some prefer a neat desk, others feel better in their creative clutter. Nowadays, the most important thing is to isolate distractors such as smartphones and social media correspondence. Sometimes it’s also important to set deadlines and time limits that help some people determine the exact time period needed to complete a particular project or task.
How to draw the line between business and private life?
In today’s digital age, it has become too difficult to draw the line between work and private life. It’s not uncommon for a computer to turn on, open an email inbox, and get started in the wee hours of the night. It seems that technology has made it impossible for us to simply be “offline” after working hours, but we are already at work all the time.
Other cultures do not suffer from such a demanding working life. For example, Denmark, which has a highly ranked quality and satisfaction with the lives of its citizens, records an extended working week for only 2% of the population. But does Denmark therefore have a less productive workforce? Definitely not.
Setting clear boundaries between work and home also varies from person to person. There are people who call themselves “segmentators”, ie those who prefer to leave work after working hours – at work. Replying to messages is out of the question after leaving the office, and living at home doesn’t suffer from business tasks. However, there are also “integrators”, ie people who even have a home office in their home, and are available for work almost all day. Such people like to combine work and privacy, and often invite their colleagues from work to home parties and socializing.
Experts do not take sides in these two types of people. Both segmentation and integration seem to have advantages but also disadvantages. Those who set clear boundaries between work and home have fewer conflicts of interest between these two domains and find it easier to mentally disconnect from one domain when needed. This helps them reduce stress and exhaustion and allows them to invest extra energy in what they do. However, integrators also have their advantages. They are considered to experience less negativity when doing work from home. For example, when someone from work contacts them when they are at home, they feel less nervous and stressed compared to employees who absolutely do not tolerate business calls outside of working hours.
In addition, integrators are more likely to experience work experiences positively, and the positive emotions they experience at home affect their work life by helping them achieve business goals. Of course, it may happen that your propensity to integrate or segment work and home may not match what is expected of you at work. For example, if you’re a segmentator, and you work in a team with a person who is an integrator, you may feel compelled to check your inbox when you’re at home.
However, it would be a good idea to clearly communicate such terms to your bosses and colleagues. Managing time in these situations can be really challenging and difficult, but it is not impossible. Over time, you will probably be able to reconcile your desires and business goals, but in the beginning it is important to clearly define your own preferences and priorities, ie – whether you want to do work from home, whether you feel more comfortable when the end of working hours ends. do you work or are you the type who likes to do everything on the go and at home, regardless of time limits and deadlines ?!
How to successfully organize time?
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Here are some key tips to help you adopt the strategies needed to organize your time successfully:
1. Recognize your weaknesses and strengths. Try to figure out which areas of your sore spot are and in which areas you are unsurpassed. For example, if you tend to write things down, but forget where you leave reminders – change that. These are obstacles to achieving goals and real reasons why you have not achieved some results. Understand where you need to focus and what you need to change in your approach. Getting to know yourself is the first step in achieving effective and lasting change.
2. Filter commitments. To-do lists or well-known to-do lists are becoming increasingly popular, but they don’t work very well for your productivity. This is because it is often not a matter of things that are important and priority to you, but mostly just lists of everything you need to do. When you study that list a little better, you’ll realize that there are a lot of things that require your maximum attention and attention, but don’t have a real impact on your future. Instead of making such commitments, find those that are relevant, that can be identified with your values, and that directly affect your future. Which of the following is most important to you? Once you have established this, make a list of priorities and set appointments in order of importance. Every day, focus on what’s at the top of the page.
3. Set aside time at the end of each day for the next day. Before you start a new day, you should think about what you have managed to do in the past day and what awaits you tomorrow. It would be good to be aware before going to bed which three things, that is, which three priorities you will move to the top of your commitments page and what you will focus your concentration on. However, do not dwell on such thinking for too long. Before going to bed, just make a short reminder of what awaits you tomorrow, and then calmly sink into dreams because “the morning is smarter than the evening”.