If you were to say that I could get more done in my day, I’d be a little surprised. I’ve always considered myself a very hardworking person , so you can guess how I might handle being told that I have poor time management skills . (Hint: Not so well.)
Of course, there’s more I wish I could do with my time . It’s probably safe to say that, regardless of industry or experience, professionals in all careers have something in common: They want more out of their workday.
Whether it’s about learning new skills or finding 30 minutes to relax, we can all agree that there are never quite enough hours in the day to get to everything. In fact, according to Leadership IQ , “more than half of working Americans say they don’t have enough time to do the things they want to do.”
There are, however, ways to be more efficient and productive with the limited hours that you have each day, and that all varies based on your time management skills. For example, I always thought the best way to keep my inbox tidy was to check emails frequently and respond as messages come in.
That is until I took this quick time management test and learned that this particular habit was actually disruptive because it leads to unnatural breaks in concentration on other tasks. Turns out, I have a long way to go in terms of improving (and luckily, the test results gave me plenty of ideas for ways to do so!)
You can take it too to find out if there are better ways you could be setting up your routine each week. And no judgment if you also receive a poor score—if anything, that’s a sign that there are more ways you can squeeze out more from each day, and eventually, get to the things that excite you the most.
Photo of woman on phone courtesy of d3sign/Getty Images.
Caroline Liu is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and computer programmer studying at Wesleyan University. She is pursuing majors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science in order to bridge her passions for tech, design, and social justice. Learn more about Caroline on her website or follow her on Twitter.More from this Author