Maximize your productivity as a skilled trades worker with LOW COST or FREE time management platforms.
As a skilled trades pro, your success depends on your ability to manage your time effectively. Whether you’re a plumber, electrician, welder, or carpenter, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. From scheduling appointments, completing projects, and, most importantly, personal and skill development, something always needs your attention.
That’s where time management comes in. You can organize and track your schedule, tasks, and goals using a free or low-cost time management platform. This will help you stay on track, avoid distractions, and maximize your time.
But before you start scheduling your time using your chosen platform, review the vision strategy statements you crafted in your Technical Excellence Development Plan. These statements are the foundation of your success plan and should guide all of your activities.
To make your interactions with your time management platform as efficient as possible, consider using special characters like “**” to indicate your TSIs (tasks related to your success strategy statements), as well as labels like “S1” to indicate the success strategy statement that the task is related to.
For example, let’s say that one of your success strategy statements is to “Build strong relationships with industry professionals to increase networking opportunities.” You might create a Time Strategy Interactions (TSI) in your time management platform using special coding or characters such as “** TSI meeting with (persons name) to discuss what classes I need to enroll in,” etc.
Using these labels and special characters consistently allows you to search for and filter your TSIs quickly and easily.
In addition to using special characters and labels, it’s important to make using your time management platform a habit. This means investing the time needed to learn the platform’s features and functions and using it consistently to schedule your tasks and track your progress.
By prioritizing time management and using a free or low-cost platform to support your efforts, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals as a skilled trades worker.
Some key statistics to consider in this context:
- According to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, workers who actively manage their time are more productive and earn more money than those who don’t.
- A survey by Workfront found that the average worker spends only 39% of their workday on their primary job responsibilities, with the rest of their time spent on email, meetings, and other distractions such as excessive entertainment activities.
- A study by the University of California found that people who write down their goals and use time management processes to manage them are 42% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.
The bottom line is time management is essential for success in skilled trades. By using a free or low-cost platform and making it a habit, you can maximize your productivity, achieve your goals, and take your career to the next level.
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