Tint Talk by Kat Coig
by Kat Coig
January 3rd, 2018

Keeping Up with Time

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year and a great holiday season! Now that it’s 2018, I’m sure you’re all busy making (or trying to stick to) new resolutions, whether they be for business purposes or for personal reasons—maybe even both.

Nevertheless, the welcome of 2018 brings in the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s challenges, failures and successes to see what needs to be improved upon throughout the year. In my case, it’s time management. I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator, but I’ve been guilty of putting things off for tomorrow what I could get done today. However, I’ve come to realize the best way to get all of the things done I need to in a day is to get in the habit of a routine. And while I may not run a business, I do have several roles here at Key, and managing them can always be improved upon.

Here are my tips:

  1. Knock out the mundane first. Every morning, I sift through hundreds of emails, most of which are Google alerts, looking for any industry-related news. Once I’ve gone through my inbox, I take to social media. I manage six social media accounts, and sometimes, it can be overwhelming because I’m not that active on social media in my personal life. It takes me some time, but I’ve come to realize that once those everyday tasks are completed, I feel as though my day is off to a productive start.
  2. Get your priorities in order. We all have so much to work to get done in one day that it seems impossible to do in the allotted time. It’s easily one of my biggest stresses. To make sure I’m getting done what I need to, I’ve started making lists of all that has to be accomplished before I head home that evening, plus what I’d like to get done if time permits. Once I have that list in front of me, I can narrow it down to “must finish.” Not to mention, the list sits in front me all day as a constant reminder.
  3. Be realistic. Okay, so this kind of goes hand-in-hand with prioritizing, but I think it’s important enough to emphasize. Often times, it’s easy to set unrealistic expectations on what you can get done in a work day. Once you’ve come to terms with what’s most important on your to-do list, don’t harp on what you couldn’t finish. Just be sure to include on the next one.
  4. Set a timer. If I’m being honest, I don’t do this anymore, but I plan to again. When I was a teacher, setting a timer was one of the easiest motivators. Having only an allotted time to teach various topics, it’s easy to let the minutes slip past you. However, it helps to keep focus on your given task without having to worry about the next one since you already know you’ve set time aside to complete the others.
  5. Ask for help. I’ve come to realize I’m not the best at this, but I think working on this will help save hours of panic and/or confusion no matter what your job title is. Sometimes you don’t realize how long something may take you or how overwhelming it may be, and there’s no harm in asking for help when you need it. After all, it’s about getting the job done well, and preferably the first time around.

As I said, I’m no expert in time management and these are things I plan to improve upon throughout 2018. Hopefully they can help you, too, if you ever find yourself struggling to keep up with time.

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  1. Thank you for giving us an insight into the day of an editor.

    As the saying goes ”a beggar and a billionaire have they same amount of time to do their thing every day”.

    We all have choices ,we all make our own beds and so I guess we have to sleep in them.

    Two thing is stuck in my mind ”you snooze you loose” or ”the early bird catches the worm”

    I personally wake up very early every morning, nice and fresh and ready to tackle my day.By the time i have put in three hours most of my competitors have only just got to work. Obviously I am ahead of the game.

    I have a very structures daily routine and I work on the 40/60 percent rule.Forty percent of my time is spent on the important things that make our company successful.The sixty percent of the work is dedicated to my staff members who have all been personally trained by myself as to the importance of keeping the clock well oiled.

    The important things of any business is to have maximize income, control expenses,create maximum productivity and to ensure a positive cash flow.This is the forty percent I ensure I keep my eye on ,on a daily basis.

    The other sixty percent of is time is used to strengthen my staffs capabilities on how to construct their days activity, so they become important players in the success of the business now and in the future.

    I treat every one of my staff with absolute respect but they know what I require of them and they are kept abreast of all the activities on a daily basic.We have checks and balances in place to ensure we are on top of our game plan.

    We believe in our products and offer a superior service to our clients than any of our competitors.No company can remain in business for over forty five years without doing thing right.

    Everyday is a learning curve for us and our goal is to offer excellent value for money.However as” Donald’s” saying goes Klingshield first.

    We are not in the habit of spinning our wheels or getting stuck in the mud. Business is business and if the return ifs not worth the exercise we walk away from it.

    Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa

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