7. Learn to say no.
While everyone wants to be a good team player, saying no is sometimes the right thing to do. If you are not the best person to loop in, or if you have other pending deadlines, it is OK to turn down a project. However, it is always beneficial to have an alternate solution or suggestion, so that your management team has a clear vision of what they will need to do to help move their projects forward.
8. Don’t let email take over your day.
We are all so accustomed to email that as soon as we see a new email in our inbox we instinctively click it on, respond and focus on the content of the email. These seemingly tiny activities during the day can quickly add up to large amounts of time that not only cause your day to slip away but also distract you from completing your current task.
If you are focused on a project, tell yourself that you will not check your email for a set amount of time, so that you get through your activity. This will not only save time in the long run, but provide a better result for your current work.
9. Don’t take advantage of Facebook in the office.
Social media is a part of all of our daily lives. However, to save time you must have the discipline to not spend large parts of your day seeing what your friends thought of the latest movie release or what they had for dinner last night. Many companies are moving towards banning Facebook in the office, as it is becoming a drain on the workday.
If you and your team are on Facebook during the day, be sure to use it as a “break” for just a few minutes, because if it becomes a regular habit, it can easily take over your day and impact the work needed to get done.
10. Use technology.
There are amazing tools that you can use in the office to make you more productive and ultimately save time during the workday. Use GoogleDocs to collaborate with colleagues on documents. Use calendar planning tools to sync up your schedules with colleagues.
Use Skype for video conferencing so that you can potentially reduce the need to travel for meetings. Also, work with your IT team to see if they have suggestions on which new technologies can be used to save time. They can be a tremendous resource not only to you but to the entire organization.
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Adam Gurian, is the President of Timex. Timex Group designs, manufactures and markets innovative timepieces and jewelry globally. Founded in 1854, Timex is part of the Timex Group, a privately-held company with numerous brands and over 5,000 employees worldwide. It is one of the largest watch makers in the world with companies and exclusive licenses worldwide.