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6 INCREDIBLE TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR MARKETERS - Jerry Novack

6 Incredible Time Management Tips For Marketers

6 INCREDIBLE TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR MARKETERS - Jerry NovackMarketers, like most professionals, may often feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to accomplish in the short amount of time. To achieve his or her goals, one of the greatest skills an individual can learn is how to manage time. Learning how to accomplish more in less time and with less effort can be the key to better decisions that open up more opportunities.

But how can you manage your time in a better way? Here are the top 6 time management skills for marketers.

1. Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the most important aspects of time management.

An easy way to set goals is by writing SMART goals down. That’s specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Your goals need to be well defined and capable of being measured so you know if you succeed or not. Adding a deadline will also help you avoid procrastination.

2. Prioritize

One of the biggest challenges for marketers and project managers is prioritizing their work.

Prioritizing allows you to get the most important tasks done first by understanding all of the tasks you need to do to accomplish your goal. Then you identify what is urgent, what work will add the most value to your marketing goals, and which tasks will require more effort. Don’t forget to be flexible. Sometimes priorities can change quickly, be flexible enough to adapt the new tasks into your priorities.

 

3. Identify Time Vampires

Everyone has some things that just take up way too much time. This might be browsing on Facebook or Instagram, but it could also be spending too much time on phone calls or emails.

Once you identify the biggest time suck, either eliminate them or identify ways to cut the time spent on them. For example, come up with scripts that keep the phone calls on topic with a set time. Or batch the emails, so you aren’t constantly losing focus.

4. Use Appointment Slots

Appointment Slots with Google Calendar allows you to book time and split it into pieces. This way you can split or batch your meetings or calls which helps minimize the back and forth emails to help you save time.

5. Create a Routine

Routines can be a great way to help your mind focus on specific tasks. When you repeatedly have certain times for specific activities, it becomes a habit, and your mind can adapt to that specific activity more quickly.

6. Don’t Schedule More than You Can Handle

We are often tempted to add everything to our to-do list, but this will often lead to frustration and disappointment that may affect your productivity. Set up your priority items that need to be accomplished each day.

Conclusion

Once you start implementing these time management tips into your daily schedule, it will have a huge impact on your productivity. Let us know what your favorite time management tip is!

 

Echoing the Importance of the Mentor/Mentee Relationship

The mentor/mentee (protégé) relationship, whether corporate or otherwise is a special and powerful bond, which centers on a person of greater experience and knowledge sharing valuable advice and insight with someone with less experience, in order to groom them to succeed in that area of expertise. The precise definition of mentorship is elusive, but what is  inarguable is the relationship structure, which boosts role modeling, communication, career guidance, and/or psychological support.

There are multiple ways to encourage the success of this invaluable relationship, and one way to do this is by respecting the dynamics and boundaries of this relationship, so that realistic goals are set, and the relationship is productive and effective for both parties involved. Understanding the value of others’ time is a large part of that, as well as readiness and being responsible.

Keep the channels of communication open

It’s necessary that those functioning on both sides of mentorship are honest and upfront with what’s expected and what can be accomplished. The mentee should verbalize goals and expected takeaways, while the mentor should help to manage expectations. Also, those in this relationship must make sure they’re demonstrating that they’re active listeners, which is not just critical, it’s rewarding.

Be supportive and dedicate yourself to support

The ability to take pride in the work of a partner is so important. Harvesting a relationship with someone who wants to see you grow, and cares passionately about your career trajectory, is an asset. Having someone aside from yourself dedicated to your growth is invaluable, there’s nothing  quite like having someone tucking you neatly beneath your wing and vice versa. A great mentor will teach “success” habits, such as being organized, which further cements the likelihood of success. A great mentee will accept support and education while remembering that investment into his/her life doesn’t mean that they’re more valuable than anyone else. They, too, must look to support the success others beyond their mentor, including their fellow employees or peers.

Be curious and seek answers

It’s the work of the mentor and mentee to be curious. They should always seek out questions and answers to those questions, the everyone will benefit. Only positive things happen when a person educates him/herself.

Step outside of your comfort zones

Rather than leaning too intently on this two person relationship, look to others who can share new thoughts and ideas. Stepping outside of the box promises personal and professional growth, equipping mentees and mentors with knowledge they otherwise may not have been privy to. This can also open their eyes to the things happening within the industry and other departments as to gain a “big picture view of the world.”

Remember, mentors are present for mentees, but they’re only a guide, mentees should be thirsty to engage in communication with others who can educate them and they should work with their mentor develop a plan of action. Both mentors and mentees should review goals, measure achievement, be responsive, be tactful, be honest, be innovative and creative, demonstrate realizability, and stay positive in the face of feedback.

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