There you go again.

Struggling to keep up with life, struggling to get finished with work.

While your colleagues are leaving the office on time, and sometimes even earlier, you’re overwhelmed with mountains of paperwork and deadlines. Another night spent at the office. Another opportunity lost to go home for dinner with family.

You grab your hair and let out a sigh.

I wish they didn’t give me SO much work.

That’s what you think, as you look outside the window to see that it’s already morning.

It can be frustrating when your teammates pat you on the back and tell you, you work hard, all the while your boss is emailing you, “Where is the file for XYZ?”

The truth is, it’s not about the amount of work we have, but about how we divide the tasks. Managing your time is essential if you want to climb the ladder to success.

Successful individuals work smart, not hard. Here a few time management tips to keep in mind:

Limit Social Media Usage:

Surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center show that 34 percent of employee use social media at work to take a “mental break.”

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are an excellent way to stimulate your mind and connect with the world when you need a much-needed break. But they’re also an excellent way to waste your time.

One video on YouTube becomes 5 videos and checking out one meme page on Facebook easily takes up an hour.

Don’t Engage in Office Gossip

It doesn’t matter if Tyler will go to the office party or what Suzy thinks of Mark. Engaging in office gossip can waste precious amounts of time. Before you know it, you’ve wasted an hour and a half talking about things that aren’t important.

Divide Your Work into Small Tasks

When you come into work, make sure to divide you work into small tasks so you’re not overwhelmed by the end of the day.

Get done with difficult projects first so you’re not rushing through things at the end of the day.

Prioritize Emails

Sending dozens of emails to coworkers about the funniest dog videos and the best post-rock albums is great. However, it can distract you from work. Don’t spend time sifting through hundreds of emails and replying to each one.

Instead, prioritize and only respond to important emails. Make sure to utilize the “important” feature in Outlook and Gmail so you know which emails come first. Remember that socializing can also be done after work.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind.

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