Tracking my time effectivelyThe corporate time-suck is such a trending topic right now that plenty of businesses are posting stories with plenty of advice (most of it pointless). However, with all the attention given to it at the moment, we thought it was time we stood up and shared our thoughts on the matter. So hit the share button or grab your highlighter pens because the chances are someone in your office needs to read this. Maybe that someone is you. We all know that feeling when you’ve been in the zone and absolutely crushing and then something or someone comes along and distracts you from it. You start asking yourself “How long did I spend doing that?” or “How long is it going to take me to catch up on this work?”. When your productivity dips, the last thing you want to do is remember to track your work hours. That's where a time tracking app comes in. Rather than constantly watching the clock or relying on your memory after you’ve completed the work, a time-keeping app does all the work for you, automatically. Not only can having these logs help you to pinpoint where your biggest distractions are coming from, but it can also help with forward planning. So the next time the boss asks you to complete a task, you’ll already know exactly how long it will take you. Increased productivity saves time and money for all departments… what manager wouldn’t want that?
Take the hassle out of the boring adminTechnology has advanced so much now, and the wealth of it that’s available to you is astounding. If you’re more of a pen and paper kind of business - we know a lot of companies, such as recruitment agencies still work in this way - then we have some helpful tips to help you ditch the tedious parts of your role so that you can focus on the important things.
- Scheduling software - Whether it’s for booking in appointments with clients or keeping track of team members shifts, this kind of software automates the scheduling of events, employees, rooms and other resources. Leaving you with room to make a cup of tea before you jump on Zoom... again.
- Communication tech - Whether you’re working from home with three screens and a headset or just sat with your laptop in Starbucks you need to be able to stay in touch with your colleagues. Software such as Slack and Microsoft Teams allows for speedy communication without the hassle of having to reply to large email chains
- Project Management tools - If you’re someone who struggles with procrastination or regularly hops from one task to another, then project management software will help you organise all your tasks and keep on top of everything. Tools such as Trello and Asana are powerful enough to help you take back control of your day.