Time management is one of the most important skills you can develop as an administrative assistant, office manager, secretary, or another type of clerical worker. You may perform dozens of tasks each day, all of which are important to your supervisor and your colleagues. Good time-management skills will help you meet deadlines and ensure that all tasks are completed properly. Scheduling your time well can prevent the stress associated with tight deadlines and make your job just a little easier.
One of the biggest barriers to proper time management is the many distractions you encounter as an administrative professional. If your job includes answering the telephone or greeting clients, you may find yourself getting interrupted dozens of times during your shift. Although you cannot control all of these distractions, you can control some. If you don’t have to check your email frequently, schedule a time to do so. You might want to clear out your inbox in the morning and then check it only a few more times each day. If you have your own office, close the door when you are working on important projects. This will prevent people from entering your office and disturbing your work. [Read more…]