Depending on the day, you don’t want to be there, your energy may be off ,but how can you accomplish tasks effectively?
Public Relations Is one of those career fields that require so much of your attention, and deadline will be your favorite word for most of your career
Our job is something of detail only us as account executives have accomplished the idea of meeting a deadline that only uplifts our clients to the best of our abilities. TIME MANAGEMENT is necessary in order to achieve your most authentic yet, ON TIME work.
Tips to time management: I saw these tips from Forbes I thought were perfect for this post
1. Create a time audit/plan.
When it comes to time management, the first step you need to take is finding out where your time actually goes. Understanding your schutte and your time management helps create an easier work environment when you’re left with a large amount of tasks that require your attention. You may believe that you only spend 30 minutes on emails, but in reality that task is eating-up an hour of your day.
Try downloading an app that keeps track of your time, such as, RescueTime, Toggl or my app Calendar to track everything you do for a week. You can then access a report to find out what’s stealing your time.
2. Set a time limit to each task.
I’ve found that setting a time limit to each task prevents me from getting distracted or procrastinating. Give yourself some time to put forth some effort in certain tasks and switch back and forth so you don’t get stuck on one task but you can make progress at the same time.
An example of this would be having two pitches, both due at the end of the work day. Try looking at the pitch topic that you find to be the most interesting, focus on that pitch for 2 hours, which is a lot of time to research and write the majority of the pitch and then dabble into the next pitch and go back and forth until thode tasks are completed.
3. Use a to-do-list, but don’t abandon tasks.
All goals and projects are made up of smaller parts that need to be accomplished in order to achieve the goal, or complete the project. I use to-do-lists all the time, which is one of my favorite tools. It’s rewarding checking off a box on that list, to me. You should be using this in everyday life especially if you’re a student. This lets you check and complete multiple tasks at a time, which is essential in time management.
4. Stop being perfect.
I read this and laughed because this is so true. Trying to be perfect is nonexistent, it’s not real. Work reminds me of school, you make mistakes and learn, but quickly. Perfection in PR is only based on time management, be through and get it done. You were already headed in the right direction having it done on time, time management.
These are generic ideas to get through that fast paced work day, I would personally ask to take breaks in-between. Take time to yourself to take lunch and don’t overwork yourself.
Good time management allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, which lets you take advantage of learning opportunities, lowers your stress, and helps you focus, which leads to more career success. Time management makes your day, especially if you’re a PR executive. We constantly have to tend to multiple clients at a time, so time management is key.