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Manage your time wisely

Time management is not limited to being on time for work and meeting deadlines. It actually involves more than that.

  • Be punctual. They say that punctuality is one of the first indicators of professionalism. Brett and Kate McKay pointed out several reasons why punctuality is very important. Important points were made on how punctuality strengthens and reveals your integrity while also demonstrating your level of discipline, humility and dependability. It is also one way to show your respect for others, while allowing you to build your self-confidence and always put your best foot forward. For many managers and supervisors, lack of punctuality is a deal-breaker. If a new employee is habitually tardy in coming to work, this is likely to drive them to have a low opinion of the capabilities of that employee to continue working in the company.

  • Maintain a good attendance record. It’s not just your punctuality and how you observe work hours that will be closely looked into. A high rate of absenteeism certainly does not bode well, even if it is unintentional or there are unavoidable circumstances, such as if you are frequently ill that you have to take days off from work. If this is the case, it is important to take up the matter with your superiors in order for both parties to come up with a solution that will benefit everyone. If there are truly unavoidable circumstances causing you to miss work, bringing it up before you are confronted shows that indeed you are concerned about the company and it makes your bosses more open to suggestions that you might have. An example would be allowing you to work remotely from home. Your bosses will know if you are taking a day off work to avoid performing a particularly rigorous or complicated task. This will not reflect positively on you, and any chance you might have of getting a raise or a promotion won’t look too good.

  • Observe deadlines. Between an employee who barely beats the deadline, rushing at the eleventh hour to get things done and finishing his task just as the clock hits 12, so to speak, and an employee who finishes his task well ahead of time, without any rushing and stressing out, who will be more favorable in the eyes of the supervisor? Obviously, it is the second employee.

If you are able to finish your task ahead of time, that means you are able to manage your time wisely. That will also give you ample time to make any adjustments, if necessary, since there is still some time left before the actual deadline. Better yet, you should take the initiative to set your own deadlines.

If there is a timetable provided by the company, it will be to your advantage to create your own timetable. This will enable you to prioritize better. You’ll be able to avoid distractions easily, and any potential delays will be dealt with before they can actually arise.

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