MRF Best Practices: There’s Only So Much Time in a Day
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There is only so much time in a day, 24 hours, and no amount of negotiating or money can get you more of it. With so many tasks to complete every day, running out of time or failing to complete priorities is common – and stressful!
The best onsite managers have mastered techniques to manage time, prioritize tasks and minimize interruptions that can side-track productivity. We asked a group of those manages for their tips and tactics at a recent roundtable. Here’s what they shared.
Eight Time Management Tips
- Have a daily plan. Write down your daily tasks and prioritize them in order of importance. Complete them one at a time and mark them off as they are completed. RAIL boards can be a handle visual as well. These visuals will motivate you to keep moving forward to the next task.
- Be flexible. Give yourself time to handle the unexpected. By staying organized and on-task, you can more easily get back to where you left off.
- Use technology. Use your desktop calendar or smart phone to set reminders and alerts of what’s due and by when.
- Empower others. Train and employer line leads to handle small tasks that can take big time. This is also a way to help build their skills and set them up for advancement.
- Follow the 2 Minute Rule. If a task is going to take two minutes or less, handle it right now. No delays.
- Keep it neat. A messy workplace can interfere with your efficiency and slow you down.
- Self-service. Make commonly-used forms, like requests for time off or direct deposit forms, accessible to employees and leads so they can self-serve and interrupt you. Then, create a designated place in your office for the completed forms.
- Communicate. Share your daily task schedule during new employee orientation and update the team regularly. If they know when you’re available, you’ll both make better use of the schedule.
A productive and effective workforce is the ultimate time management resource. Talk to Leadpoint today about switching to a high-performance work team at your MRF. The only question remaining is, “What will you do with the time you save?