More than four in 10 (43%) Americans now work from home on an occasional basis. That’s a considerable increase of 4% from the 39% rate back in 2012. What’s more, the 2018 median salary of remote employees was over $4,000 higher than all other workers!
So, it’s no wonder that at least 18% of all employees are now full-time remote workers.
However, virtual jobs aren’t without flaws, with hectic schedules being at the top of the list. In this case, you might find it hard to manage your time well if you take on many tasks and projects.
Don’t worry, though, as we’re here to share some of the top time management tricks you can employ today, so be sure to read on!
1. Set Goals Based on Time Limits and Difficulty Levels
In many cases, it’s best to finish the hardest tasks before the easier ones. This lets you delegate enough time for difficult jobs and avoid last-minute cramming. You can then breathe a little easier on the simpler jobs once the toughest ones are out of the way.
However, you should still tabulate all your pending jobs based on time constraints.
Suppose you have 3 simple tasks that are due within 24 hours and one difficult one that has a one-week deadline. In this case, it’s better to complete the simplest ones first so you can have at least six more days for the hard one.
2. Install an Activity Monitor
One in three Gen Z and millennial workers spend over two work hours per day looking at their smartphones. That translates to over 40 hours of lost productivity within a month. While it’s important to take work breaks, you may not be aware that you’re taking “too much” time on a break.
Activity trackers can help with the organization and management of your work time. These apps run on your computer’s or smart devices’ backgrounds, recording data as you use them. They track sites you visited and other apps you used while “at work” and how much time you spent on them.
After work, you can check your trackers to see if you used a lot of time on YouTube or a shopping app. You can then make adjustments to how you use your time based on these recorded behaviors.
3. Use a Time Tracker
Time tracking software allows you to monitor how much time you spend on specific tasks. With a click of a button, these apps can record your “start-time” or “time-in.” The timer then keeps running until you switch it off.
At the end of the task, you’ll know how many hours you spent doing that job alone. However, you can also set up an alarm with the timer to go off after, say, two hours. You can then use this to gauge whether you’re being productive or wasting time.
4. Incorporate Your Time Tracker With an Accounting App
You can sync time trackers like Time Doctor and WorkSnaps with accounting software. This allows you to automate the calculation of your billable hours so that you don’t have to do the math on your own. You can also set up automatic billing by using a payroll stub template with the accounting app.
Manage Your Time Like the Pro You Are
If you follow these four simple hacks, you can better manage your time and remain as productive as you can. Remember: Being productive equates to more work done, which, in turn, means more profits.
Don’t forget that proper time management also means timely job completion. By making sure you submit all projects on or before the deadline, you can satisfy your clients.
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