Hello stranger! I’m finally back after an unplanned break.
I may have blogged about being organised and how much I love planning, but between taking on full-time hours in work over the Christmas break, working towards university deadlines and having a week away in the sun to recoup, I’ve discovered that my time management skills need some work. (Also, why is it that you always get great blog ideas when you have no time to write them?!)
Time management is a phrase that has been drummed into my head since I started revision for my GCSEs 7 years ago (yikes!), and while I can make a killer to-do list and prioritise tasks, sometimes sticking to time restraints to complete those tasks can be challenging.
A lot of elements of Public Relations can be time sensitive, and having a job in PR isn’t necessarily your normal 9-5. There may be a crisis that needs to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible, or you may need to get a press release out by a certain time for an important client. There’s a plethora of tips and tricks online about how to best manage your time if you work in PR, and I think that a lot of them can be applied when working towards uni deadlines! Here’s my top three:
Dedicate a certain amount of time to each task and FOCUS! Turn off all distractions and just work for the full 30 or 45 minutes that you’ve set aside for the task. I must admit that I’m terrible for getting distracted easily, I think I may start locking my phone in the next room.
Just because you’ve been given a deadline by a client doesn’t mean that you should be working on it right up until the last minute. Set yourself your own deadline for a week or a few days before the real deadline so you’ve got time to think and look at your work with fresh eyes, or to leave time for any revisions. I try my best to do this with my uni assignments, I need to allow myself time to go away and then look at my work again before submitting.
Something that my mum has always told me – don’t be afraid to ask for help! You may have a colleague that has expertise or has done a piece of work similar before, don’t be afraid to go to them for help instead of time wasting because you’re stuck. It’s also always great to have a second opinion and a bit of support.
Be sure to click on the links and read the rest of the articles as they have lots of great time management tips. My goal now I’m back at university is to really get myself organised and manage my time better – especially with all of the deadlines I’ve got coming up!
What’s your best time management tip?