written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 8/17/2010
The following list of organizational skills are the most important and necessary skills you need to ensure efficiency in your tasks whether working in the office or at home.
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Organizational skills can greatly improve the productivity and efficiency of a company or even a small business. The list of organizational skills that you have can determine how much you can maximize the productivity of your employees or even your own productivity. If you want to improve the efficiency of how you do things in your business or company, make sure that your skills include the items in the following list of organizational skills.
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This is one of the most basic and useful organizational skills that you can have. You can make a list of your short terms goals, long term goals, weekly, and daily tasks. This will keep your attention focused on your goals and help you stay motivated to do what needs to be done. Productivity takes time to become optimized, but with lists, you will become efficient enough to surgically improve your productivity in an orderly manner. Efficiency is guaranteed by lists because you will have a clear idea of targets and a set time table for tasks. You do not have to waste time in constantly thinking about what you are going to focus on next.
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Focus and Prioritize
Focusing on important tasks saves you time and energy in improving your efficiency. If you prioritize the most important tasks and goals, you can get better results faster. Time and resources are very valuable, so in order to make them useful and gain more useful returns, you need to focus on what is important to your company or business and prioritize the tasks that will yield bigger and better results. Anything that proves inconsequential to your productivity should be discarded. The things that waste your time and efforts should also be eliminated. Constantly evaluating the resources and tasks in your company or business should keep you on your toes and offer a clear picture of your priorities.
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You should delegate tasks appropriately according to the strength, experience level, and skills of your subordinates. Be aware of the items on your list of tasks and which of them can be passed on to your co-workers or employees. This will keep your productivity and efficiency up, and it will also promote teamwork. This will also give you more time to accomplish the tasks assigned to you or ones you have assigned to yourself, giving you the chance to do a better job. If there are tasks that can be done by more than one person or can be broken off into smaller tasks, do it. Spreading the work around will make your team or busienss more efficient and productive.
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Another thing that should be on your list of organizational skills is to constantly evaluate how you are spending your time in doing your work. See if there are parts of your tasks that can be improved by changing your methods or by reconsidering their priority in relation to other tasks. You can also determine if you can spend more time on a task or if you need to spend less time on it. Managing time is one of the more difficult organizational skills, so it is best if you improve your time management skills before taking on bigger tasks and more responsibilities.