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Tips for Beating the Clock While You’re Working

By June 25, 2012February 28th, 2023Blog

Time is the one thing in business that isn’t infinite. Other things you can borrow, find, or make yourself, but time is the most important thing for you to manage well. You can ask employees to work overtime, but you pay for it in the end – especially if your employees become burned out.

To help you solve this dilemma, here are a couple of steps to think about.

Figure Out How Much Time You Actually Have

Do you have eight hours in a day, or six? Even a few minutes can make the difference between a finished project and one that has to be done tomorrow and considered late. Of course, the amount of time you have will vary by week and sometimes day by day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least figure out a rough outline of how much time you do have. Don’t forget to include lunch breaks (they’re required by law in most states).

Prioritize Your List of Projects

Write down your projects. Go through the list and ask the same question for every single one: “how does this project benefit my company?” For example, if you’re working on a website for another company, making sure you get it out on time is more important than updating the screens on your office computers. Having a well-defined and prioritized project list will help your employees stay on the right track.

Fit All Necessary Projects into Allotted Time

This step can be a little tricky, especially if you’re behind on work for any reason. Fitting everything into its set-aside block of time can be almost impossible. Sometimes this step requires negotiation with employees and clients. Once you have the ball rolling and are caught up on all of the things that needed to be done, maintain your rhythm. Remember to allow a little extra time for each project in case of delays or unexpected disasters.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.