Most jobs require you to be at a certain place at a certain time – dental office work is no exception. The quickest way to find yourself in a negative position with your boss is to fail to meet the time management expectations set upon you. One very effective method to having better time management is to create routines for your daily/work life. Below you will find some tips on ways to build routines and improve your time management.

1. Start/Finish

There’s a good reason the phrase “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man/woman healthy, wealthy, and wise” is a cliché – it’s true. In order to be successful in the workplace you really should try and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Just as it’s good to keep expectations with your work intact, you should do the same with your body. Remember this – the snooze button is your mortal enemy.

2. Plan Out Your Day

When you take the time to plan out your day, you will be able to create better time management. You will be able to focus on the specific tasks you need each day. You will also be able to prioritize your tasks and accomplish the most important first. One key tip is to complete your most difficult task first, if possible, because it will make the rest of your day easier. Making a daily plan you will better understand what you need to accomplish and you will better manage your own expectations. The structure provided by a daily routine will help you make each day more successful. The better you manage your own expectations, the less likely you will fall victim to random stressors.

3. Good Habits/Bad Habits

A routine inherently leads to repetition. Repetition is how you get good at certain things – it can also be how you get bad at certain things. You can choose to use the repetition of a daily routine to slowly replace your bad habits with good ones and reach your full potential. Routine allows you to get better at performing good habits. It also helps you get more proficient at those good habits. As you continue to follow your routine and foster good habits, you will build your confidence. Confidence gained through hard work and persistence will inevitably lead to a more successful daily life.

Routine leads to consistency. When you set the “mini-goals” of a routine, it can give you a sense of purpose each day. When you stick to your routine each day, you will eventually see positive results. Change will not happen overnight – you need to be persistent in your efforts. Take things day by day – if you fail to meet your routine one day, do not let it discourage you for the next day. When you can meet the time management expectations of your employer you will have a more successful career. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Dental Office Training by Lynn.