How Well Do You Manage Your Time?

Time flies. We’ve all heard the saying a million times.

Sure, there are those days when the hands of the clock seem to be moving at a snail’s pace, but they are few and far between. And when we look back, the weeks, months and years seem to pass faster than the one before.

Time is perhaps the one commodity everyone wishes they had more of, yet it is also the one thing in our lives that we will not ever be able to change. So we must make do with what we have been given.

When it comes to finding success in your work day, time management is more important than many realize. If we can’t add more hours to our day, it is important to tweak the way we work to make the most of the hours we’re given.

These time management tips will help you achieve productivity in your workday while still feeling calm and collected.

Find out where you’re wasting time.

Every day, we’re bombarded by distractions. Our smart phones, filled with endless texts, emails, social media outlets, news stories and games, are practically attached to our hands. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves down the rabbit hole of our Facebook newsfeed or answering emails, and before we know it, an hour has passed.

Spend one day taking note of what each minute of your day looks like. How many times did reach for your phone? How often did you check your email? How much time did you spend perusing useless social media sites? You can’t come up with a solution when you don’t know the problem. Once you know where your time is being wasted, implement a solution.

Take breaks to keep your focus.

It might sound counterproductive, but the attention span of the human brain is not a long time. Especially these days when we are so used to immediate gratification, our brains work harder to stay on task. And just like us, they need a break to rest every now and again.

Download the tools Focus Booster on your computer. This will allow you to set a timer for 50 minutes (or whatever interval you decide is best for you). Once that 50-minute mark is up, take a 10-minute break away from your desk. Repeat this when you can throughout the day.

Put away your phone.

I’ll say it again. Our smart phones these days are practically attached to our hands, and we’ll usually find ourselves coming up with excuses for why we need to check our phones every five minutes, but in reality, they are one of our biggest time wasters.

Put your phone on silent in your desk drawer, and make it a rule that you can only check it when you take your hourly breaks away from your desk.

Set aside time for meals.

While most workdays only include lunch, making time for all meals is important. In the mornings, wake up 15 minutes earlier to give you time to sit down and eat a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a meal fit for a king, but even those extra few minutes to relax with a piece of toast, glass of orange juice and cup of coffee can get your day started off in a calm and collected manner.

At work, take a 30-minute lunch and don’t eat it at your desk. Whether you bring it outside, eat it in the cafeteria, or go out with a coworker, try to keep work out of the conversation to give your body and mind a chance to refuel.

With these time management tips, making it home in time for dinner with the family should be no problem.

Find a routine that works and stick to it.

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Cultivating a daily practice is a necessary prerequisite to achieving your goals.

Remember your time belongs to you. Don’t let distractions take control of you. Take control of your time, your day and you will accomplish all that you set out to.

Celebrating Five Years

What has been the most rewarding part of running Rigsby Search Group for the past five years?

Recruiting is such a rewarding career in general; we’re literally changing a person’s life. As far as running a business, the most rewarding part has been building it all from scratch and watching it become what it is today. Before I started RSG, I was an environmental recruiter for 19 years, and when I left my old company behind, I had to slowly build RSG from the ground up. Now, five years later, we’ve built a successful team, created this truly wonderful company, and we continue to help people day in and day out. Seeing it all come to fruition is the most rewarding part.

What has been the biggest obstacle that RSG has had to overcome?

Finding talented individuals to help us grow. I want our company to continue to expand and flourish, and I think finding talented individuals to help us grow has been the toughest part of running a company. I recently hired a business coach to help show me how to truly hit my full potential as a leader for my team.

What has been the best lesson that you’ve learned since starting RSG?

To learn from your mistakes. There’s always a lesson to be found. Everyone will make mistakes, but it’s important to take responsibility for them and move on.

What does your vision for the future of RSG look like?

I see us growing tremendously so that we can help more people. RSG will have a national team one day, I assure you. I know the only way to achieve this goal is to keep seeking out people that are smarter than me, bringing them on, and building a strong team. I think this is what leadership is all about. I want our brand to be synonymous with excellence. A few other plans I have for the future include starting a civil engineering group and a construction remediation group. Overall, I just want to continue to help people grow. I’m excited for what the future holds for RSG. I know it will be outstanding.

How to Make the Most of the Extra Hour of Daylight Savings

daylight-saving-time-clock2016 is flying by! The holiday season and New Year are almost upon us, but there’s one thing we must do before winter can truly begin: turn back our clocks. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, and before we know it, the sun will be setting an hour earlier in our days. While the darkness at the end of the workday is something many people dread, there is a silver lining in it all. We gain an extra hour in our weekend that we otherwise would not have.

Alas, it all balances out come spring when we set our clocks forward for the start of a new season, but this one time of year when our weekend is extra long is something to savor. How will you be spending your extra hour? We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you make the most of it.

  1. Sleep in. Enough said. Sometimes an extra hour in our pajamas is just what we need after a long week and a probably eventful Saturday.
  2. Catch up on taxes. If you’re like us, you’re questioning how on earth the end of 2016 is so clearly in sight. If you’re like us, you’re also probably behind on many things that you vowed to stay ahead of at the very beginning of the year… the dreaded taxes perhaps being one of them. Before the rush of the holiday season truly begins, take this extra hour to organize your finances, expenses, income reports, and anything else that pertains to your taxes. When the start of 2017 comes around, you’ll be thankful that you did.
  3. Organize an area of your home you’ve been avoiding. We all have that one place in our home that has, unintentionally, become the “designated dump zone.” Maybe it’s the desk where we throw all the paperwork and miscellaneous items that we’re too tired to deal with when we get home from work. Maybe it’s the room where we pile things up and shut the door in a rush right before guests arrive. Maybe it’s the closet that is overflowing with too many clothes and shoes. Whatever it is, spend an hour decluttering and organizing. It’ll feel nice to check this off your list Sunday morning and still have the rest of the day ahead of you to relax.
  4. Plan a Sunday morning family outing. Are your weekends usually so full of appointments and social events that before you know it, Monday morning has arrived, you’re completely exhausted and you’re questioning where the weekend went? Well, not this weekend. Block off Sunday morning to go somewhere or do something that you’ve been meaning to do with your family or friends. Explore that quaint small town 30 minutes down the road that you’ve only ever driven through. Take the kids to the museum you know they’ll love. Meet an old friend for brunch. Try a new coffee house. If you can’t think of anything, head to your state’s website. There’s bound to be many local attractions you’ve never even thought of!
  5. Treat yourself. Our weeks are usually so filled up with work and plans that quality alone time is not something we get to experience much of. Take some alone time to relax and rejuvenate. Go out for a hike by yourself, sit in a park and read that book you haven’t touched in months, head to the spa. Treat yourself for an extra hour doing something you love, then head back and spend the rest of your Sunday with your family. We guarantee you’ll probably feel better than ever.

Tweet us at @RigsbySearch to let us know how you plan to spend your extra hour!