Manage your devices

| 30 July 2014
Picture: ESA ALEXANDER via Financial Mail

Picture: ESA ALEXANDER via Financial Mail

This article originally appeared on Moneyweb.

Jan van Niekerk, CEO of RECM, shares his time-saving tips, given the technologically advanced world we live in.

Technology has its pros and cons. While we live in a far more connected world these days and we can connect with people around the globe at the click of a button, there are also a number of drawbacks to this.

Many organisations today are suffering from e-mail overload and the so-called FOMO (fear of missing out) means that many people are constantly checking social media, rather than actively completing work tasks. This allows people to become easily distracted.

As such, Jan van Niekerk, chief executive officer of financial services firm RECM’s has the following time saving tips:

  1. Firstly you need to manage your gadgets and not let your gadgets manage you, especially when it comes to your email and cellphone. Having a dedicated time to deal with emails and requests has saved me a lot of time.
  2. Effective delegation is essential. It is important to know when to do something yourself and when to ask someone else who is better at a particular task to do it.

Looking for some tips on how to improve your delegation skills and techniques? Read this excellent write-up from Rice University, which will give you practical tools for delegating tasks among your team.