Meet Marty

A man sitting at a desk with a laptop and a computer monitor. He has one hand on his keyboard and one on the mouse.

Marty works in a fast-paced position in the ed-tech field. While Marty's position is in-person, he finds that he often has to bring work home to meet deadlines.

Recently, Marty has had to cancel plans with friends and family because of work. Marty's work/life balance is suffering and he realizes that he needs to make some changes.

These 4 time management techniques will help improve Marty's productivity at work and, in turn, improve his work/life balance.

How Can Effective Time Management Techniques Help Marty?

These techniques can help improve productivity by:

  • eliminating procrastination

  • lowering stress levels

  • meeting deadlines

  • building a reputation

  • allowing for more work/life balance

1. Prioritize

Creating a to-do list can help you to prioritize your work. These two methods will help you apply time management techniques as you create your list:

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ABC Method

Prioritize your day in order of importance.

A. Must do items: Most important task(s)

B. Second most important: Never move on to these until "A" tasks are complete

C. Not required: Tasks that would be nice to get done but are not requiredfor that day

Eisenhower Matrix

Prioritize based on importance and urgency.

A. Do immediately: tasks with specific deadlines or that are overdue

B. Schedule for later: important tasks without deadlines

C. Delegate: tasks someone else can do

D. Delete: tasks that can be deleted because they are not important for your goals

2. Keep Things Organized

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Organization increases productivity, reduces stress, and helps to ensure deadlines are met.

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Use these time management techniques to organize your:

  • Desk: eliminate clutter, sort and file important documents, and have daily tools within reach

  • Computer files and shared drives: be specific for file names and use a folder system for different projects

  • Calendar: either paper or digital, label by type (personal, work, etc), and color code to indicate priority

3. Stick to a Daily Schedule

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A daily schedule will create efficiency, structure, and good habits andwillincrease proficiency throughout the day.

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Create a daily work schedule that includes:

  • Consistent start & end times

  • Scheduled lunch & breaks

  • Routines for the start & end of the workday (ie. plan for the next day in the last 15 minutes of your day)

  • Blocks for unscheduled tasks that arise such as meetings

  • Awareness of your most productive hours

  • Eliminating distractions during that time

4. Learn When to Say No

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Saying "no" politely but firmly can be challenging — but it's one of the most powerful time management techniques you can add to your toolbox.

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It's important to:

  • Know your limits

  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses

  • Focus on what you're good at

  • Delegate tasks that can be done better or more efficiently by others

  • Set expectations for your time by saying, "I won't be able to get to that until tomorrow."

Check out this Byte for more information on saying "no" at work.

Quiz: Time Management Techniques for Marty

Help Marty implement time management techniques so he can become more productive!

Remember: Marty works a busy, in-person job that requires time outside of work hours in order to meet deadlines. Marty would like to maintain a better work/life balance by completing his work at the office while still meeting deadlines.

A desk with papers, pens, notebooks, and other items all over it. Photo by Ferenc Horvath on Unsplash

Some additional things to keep in mind about Marty:

  • He is a "yes" guy and often takes on more than he can handle

  • He loves to talk with his co-workers about the weekend sports games throughout the day

  • He admits he has a difficult time finding things on his desk


What are some ideas that might help Marty to improve his time management at work?

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