Take Back Your Time | Time Management Tips

Do you find yourself looking at what you accomplished throughout the day or week, only to feel like you didn’t make any progress in your work? With strong time management, you can take control of your day to allow for focus and success. At Clear Vision Communications, we train our team in management development, which often includes tips on time management like the ones below. We know that with a clear, organized day ahead, we are prepared for success.

Block Out Time in Your Calendar for Focus Time

As you work hard towards your goals, finishing up projects to meet a deadline, you might find that you are distracted by meetings and side conversations. There’s a way to put an end to distraction: block out time in your calendar for focus time. Whether physically on your Google Calendar or in your planner, make sure you intentionally put an hour or two for you to work without distraction or answering emails, purely so you can finish your work! 

Time Yourself

When it comes to efficiency and completing your task in a timely manner – time yourself! See how long it takes you to complete each task and see how you can cut time (without cutting quality and value of work) to work smarter, not harder. There is plenty of wasted time in your day, so timing yourself can help to tighten up your work.

Think about your day today. Were there any ways you could work quicker or organize yourself to be more efficient? Start timing yourself to get a good look at where you are spending your time on your tasks.

Batch Your Tasks

Task batching is a fun way to organize your tasks so that you are more efficient in your day. The goal of task batching is to group similar tasks together to complete in one time setting so you don’t switch gears too many times! Staying on track with one focus will help you to process what you are completing with full, undivided attention.

There have been reports or notions that multitasking can help you get more things done, but there is actually a point where doing too much at once negates productivity. Task batching tackles the notion of multitasking being distracting head-on so you’re able to let your brain work in its best capacity.

Take a Break

It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you are looking to do better with your time management, try taking a break. There have been studies that show taking breaks is actually beneficial. Every hour, take five to ten minutes to step away from your work and reset. With a clear mind, you can focus better and complete your tasks quicker!

While you are working between breaks, make use of your time working by removing distractions, ignoring any phone and social media alerts. Use your break time to call people back and check your social media for a quick brain reset. 

Take Control of Your Time

Time management is crucial in setting up your day for success. Taking the time to make good use of your time will ensure that you work smarter and provide you with the tools needed to advance your career. With these tips, we know you’ll take control of your time just like the team at Clear Vision Communications. Connect with us on LinkedIn for additional business tips to drive success and help you advance your career. 

Preparing For Graduation

March is already halfway through. It’s hard to believe that time is passing so quickly. For those of you graduating this May, you know more than most how time can be both agonizingly slow and fast. One minute you’re walking campus for the first time, and the next, you’re preparing to walk across the stage. Your school journey is quickly coming to an end. How does it feel? Our team members here at Clear Vision Communications all agreed that this chapter of their lives was both exciting and intimidating. Saying goodbye to the classroom may feel like a weight has been lifted, but entering the “real world” will come with its own set of challenges.

“In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm. In the real world, all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our Clear Vision Communications team members know exactly where you’re at mentally, and we want to help you enter this new chapter of your lives feeling confident and sure of yourself. Today, we are sharing three pieces of advice that we believe will give you the extra oomph you need to excel.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

We’re sure that your family and friends have been showering you with praise lately. While this may feel great, it can also be stressful. When those you care about are proud of you, it can be difficult to ask for help. Throw those worries away because everyone who came before you needed a leg up, and there’s no shame in that. You may have earned expert status in class, but in reality, you’re at the entry level. Find a mentor in your field of interest, and don’t be afraid to lean on their expertise!

Try new things; it’s exciting.

For years, you have had one goal – to graduate. Now, you get to set new ones! Our advice is to figure out what you want to achieve short-term and long-term. Once you’ve got some ideas written out, branch out of your comfort zone and try new things! It doesn’t matter what your degree is for. This is a time of your life when you get to explore new avenues and discover what you’re passionate about. Think outside of the box, and eventually, you’ll find yourself on the right path, leading you to where you ultimately want to go!

Never stop learning.

Your time in the classroom may be done, but you should never stop learning. In our first tip, we touched on the fact that you should be eager to ask questions. To grow both personally and professionally, you need to constantly be on the lookout for new skills and knowledge to obtain. To land the job of your dreams one day, you will need to stand out, and the only way to do this is to be the most qualified. Take advantage of every opportunity to be more!

May graduates, our Clear Vision Communications family wish you the best as you wrap up your senior year. Your big day is quickly approaching, and we want you to remember that while you may not have everything planned out, it will all fall into place as long as you pursue that which sets your soul on fire!

If interested in learning about our open job opportunities, reach out to our recruiting team at humanresources@clearvisioncleveland.com!

Introducing Our New Client

Since first opening our doors in 2008, Clear Vision Communications has developed into a business focused on growth, integrity, and adaptability. It was this mindset that provided us with years of success and the fortitude to withstand the harshest months of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve worked with small businesses throughout this time, and while we loved every minute of it, we’ve recently decided to branch out. Our new client is next-generation, meaning they are not only people-focused but big-picture-minded as well. What do we mean?

Instead of small businesses, we are now pioneering a retail campaign that partners with big-box retailers. We need to reach a broad audience, and it only makes sense to utilize spaces with high customer attendance. Our team works face-to-face with consumers and directly builds a relationship between them and our client. If we want to produce top results, we have to place ourselves in the best locations. As an adaptable business, we work to stick with the trends and stay updated on the leading ways to market our client’s product/service!

Now, to the question of the hour. Who are we working with? NRG Energy, Inc, one of the leading energy companies advancing toward a more sustainable future. While producing results and increasing productivity is imperative to our company’s success, what are we working for, if not a better tomorrow? We have decided to embark on this new partnership for two reasons. One, they are a company we can rely on. They work with integrity, go to bat for their customers, and are trustworthy. Two, they understand the value we bring to the table and are appreciative of our unique skill sets in customer acquisition. What more could we ask for?

We understand that change can be frightening and intimidating, and we didn’t make this decision lightly. However, if there is one thing that we learned throughout the past year, it’s that by standing together and betting on our team, we can achieve anything! We are done playing it safe and are eager to see what the future holds for our business, our team, and our community. NRG Energy, Inc is making waves, and we are proud to stand by their side as they work towards a healthier tomorrow, one customer at a time.

For years we have preached the importance of having a fearless mentality. Our client isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone, and neither are we. Together, we are going to drive results and be a dominating force here in Ohio. 

Now that we’ve made the official announcement, we are excited to share that we need more hands on deck. Our Clear Vision Communications’ recruiting team is currently working to find the best candidates. What are we looking for? Individuals who are self-motivated, great with people, and open to taking on leadership responsibilities once trained. If you would like to add your name to the running, we recommend you email humanresources@clearvisioncleveland.com or call 216-230-9356.

For a visual look at our new client announcement, watch this video!

A Guide to Exceptional Leadership

Leadership is defined as the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. At Clear Vision Communications, we hold our leadership team to a high standard. From them, we encourage more than a motivating mindset; we want them to inspire. As a small business, we discuss growth almost daily. Our plan is for 2021 to be our most successful year yet. However, the only way to achieve this is to have exceptional leaders. We’re confident that our team is up to the task. Are you? 

Today, we’re going to discuss our guide to exceptional leadership. Hopefully, it inspires you to step up your game this year!

Be a master communicator

To lead, you have to connect with your people. The only way to do this is to be a master communicator. Explain to your team that you have an open-door policy and are always available if they need to talk. While this may seem like a lousy idea time-management-wise, you’ll be surprised how beneficial having open lines of communication are. To start, you’ll get a feel for how they think, which allows you the opportunity to train them better. You’ll also get an idea for the ins and outs of the office that, as a leader, you wouldn’t be privy to in most circumstances.

“You manage things; you lead people.” – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

This quote sums up this leadership tip to a tee. You can’t disconnect from your people. You have to create relationships and build trust!

Put the needs of others first

An exceptional leader is selfless.

While your goals and self-care are important, it is essential that you are consistently putting your team’s needs first!

They need your guidance and will only grow if you give them the attention they need. Think of your team members as seeds. The goal is for them to grow into strong trees that are resistant to the wind’s strength. At first, they are going to need a ton of your time. You’ll have to water the seeds and protect them from animals. Eventually, they’ll require less and less of your attention. Your people need the same level of care until they are strong enough to become leaders themselves.

Show appreciation where it’s due

When you were first starting in your career, how great did it feel when your leader celebrated your achievements? We’re going to throw out a guess that you were on top of the world. It feels incredible when others recognize how hard you’ve been working and how quickly you’re hitting your goals. Now, it’s your turn to encourage others! Anytime one of your team members excel, whether it’s a big or small achievement, shout out their success for all to hear. The impact of this small gesture will work wonders!

There is a vast difference between being a leader and being an exceptional leader. At Clear Vision Communications, we only have time for the latter. Our goals are big, and we can’t let mediocrity and complacency block our progress. We hope these tips have inspired you to step up and do more for your people!