Time is of the essence, but managing time effectively can be a challenge. Time management is a skill that can be learned. But most of us have been trained to respond to the speed of life. The more you can do, the more you think you can do. This doesn’t necessarily mean we are managing our time well.
By Jody Keller, BSc. Pharm.
We are in an environment where the pressures of prescription volumes go head to head with making the time to offer professional services.
Here’s what I do to manage time more efficiently:
1. Learn to delegate
You need to delegate the right work to the right person. That does not mean watching someone like a hawk and micromanaging, but delegating effectively. Ultimately, this will give you more free time.
2. Invest in training
Training can improve workflow, organization, and communication. Communication is particularly important with both your staff and customers to ensure the smooth running of your business.
3. Invest in technology
Money spent in automating activities, such as pill counting, can free up time. Don’t be tempted to cut corners. For example, buying software off the shelf instead of customizing it may sound like a bargain, but it will likely cost you time, patience, and money in the longer term.
4. Plan to succeed
Planning is critical to effective time management. There is an 80/20 rule that advocates 80 percent of the time we are doing something, the remainder we are managing and planning our time. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
5. Learn to prioritize.
Not all tasks are of equal importance. Determine which jobs need to be done when.
A common pitfall is setting unrealistic goals – or none at all. You need to understand what can and cannot be accomplished.