Every minute is precious when you’re running a business. That’s why successful interim managers make each one count.
“I don’t have time” is a phrase interim managers often catch themselves saying in their day-to-day activities. They do have many responsibilities and decisions to make, however, that is not the reason why they lack time. The real reason is bad time management.
1. Interim managers prioritize tasks
At the beginning of every day, make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish and then rank them according to urgency and importance. Tasks that are low in importance and can be performed by a team member should be delegated without delay. That leaves the manager to focus on urgent tasks that drive the company forward.
2. Interim managers plan early
Take 15 minutes before and after the workday to plan ahead. At the end of the day, clear your desk and make a list of tasks that need to be completed the next day. Likewise, come to the office 15 minutes early to plan and prioritize your tasks. This way you’ll always be in control of your time and won’t be overburdened if something unexpected comes up.
3. Interim managers remove interruptions
Anytime you are interrupted at work, it takes an average time of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to where you were.
Anytime you’re focused on an urgent activity, close the door and put your phone on silent. If you’re afraid of missing important messages, ask somebody in the office to keep an eye on your phone for you or put it on Do Not Disturb mode.
4. Interim managers take out time for themselves
A healthy lifestyle means keeping a balance between your work and personal life. Don’t bring your work home and make time for relaxing activities like exercise, reading, and meditation. A well-rested mind is an alert one that is less likely to make mistakes and spending time making up for them.
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