Time Management in Project Management: 3 Tips

6-Apr 2017

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you’re always scrambling for more time at the end of a project? Or, that there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done?

While technology has certainly made things easier, it's still difficult to stay on top of everything - because all too often, your work is scattered across different platforms which makes it difficult to get a quick (and clear) view of what’s going on.

In fact, jumping between various tools isn’t just stripping you of time, it’s also probably costing you more than $100,00 a year in leaked revenue!

The good news? With service operations automation, it’s now easier than ever to get a handle on all of this in a few simple steps - here’s how:

1. Use a timer

Timers allow you to see the total amount of time (and money) that’s being spent on a particular project each day, and the best part is, you can monitor all of it from anywhere in the cloud.  Real-time schedule reports and time-tracking apps can even be synced with your smartphone so that you’re always in the loop with where your team is at with client work.

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2. Stop jumping between tools

Jumping between various tools and apps when working on projects is a surefire way to lose time that ought to be spent doing value-creating work for your clients.
For example, do you know how much time you’re wasting when you have to jump from your projects pipeline in your PM software, over to your sales to check on client communication, then back to your Excel spreadsheets for billing, and something entirely different for tracking time?

Thankfully there are tools that integrate with a number of leading apps & online services, so you can easily automate the menial tasks that are costing your business.

3. Understand that it's okay to say "no"

Sometimes, saying “no” to requests from your team that aren’t mission critical is necessary. Even your everyday admin work (that doesn’t drive revenue) sometimes needs to take a backseat, or better yet, be completely automated.
Remember, there are only 24 hours in the day and one of you (and your team), so thinking about the long-term health of your business and where your efforts will generate the greatest rewards is really important.

That’s why you should be focusing on strategy and growth rather than dealing with disconnected tools and scattered spreadsheets that can be integrated and automated with the right smart platform!

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So, If you’re ready to achieve a better work-life balance and learn about how to accomplish more work every day with greater return, sign up for a free trial of Accelo today. Or check this out to see how a company like yours boosted their team's productivity by 20% with smart automation technology.

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