Do you get overwhelmed when it comes to managing your time with work? In today’s episode, we will talk all about time management strategies for SLPs and how to best use your time to be as efficient as possible.
Whether you are a brand new CF or have been a working SLP for over 20 years, time management is something we all deal with every second of every day. No matter the setting, whether it be in the schools, hospitals, private practice, etc. it always seems like there is so much work to do, but not enough time to get it all done. Eventually, this may start to feel extremely overwhelming and cause increased frustration or in worst-case scenarios the feeling of being burnt out!
4 Tips for Time Management Strategies for SLPs
1. Blocking Out Time:
Blocking out time each and every day will help you be able to manage all of those tasks that you need to get done. Take this even further and determine which area you need to focus on more, whether this be session planning, paperwork, or communicating with teachers. As you approach your blocked-out time on your schedule, determine which area to dive right into!
Placing a sign on your door to let others know that you are not available during your blocked-out time may help you be able to focus and get more done as well. Don’t forget to switch off or silent the notifications on your phone.
2. To-Do Bin:
Are you that SLP who has a stack of paperwork, mail, and miscellaneous papers all over your desk that you need to attend to? Try incorporating a “to-do-bin.” Place all of the papers into your bin and plan to empty this bin each week. This not only helps you to organize all of your “to-dos” into one space but also helps you visually see your to-do pile get smaller and smaller as you empty it out.
3. The “To-Do List”:
We all have to-do lists, whether it be on paper, in a planner, or even on our phones. Some of you may have to-do lists in multiple places! Take time to organize your way of keeping a “to-do list.” Start by forming just one list and keeping it in the same spot each time. Prioritize that list, ranking items on the list that are then most important or more urgent. Marking those items off the list that you complete is such a great feeling that will help you feel more accomplished.
4. Creating Systems for Frequent Tasks:
There are tasks and assignments that come up consistently whether that be for the same client or for multiple clients. For example, emails that you send out to parents and/or teachers or writing an IEP. Create systems for those frequent tasks and templates to help save time on repetitive tasks.
I hope you find some of these time management strategies for SLPs to be useful. Finding the best systems that work for you personally will help you stay more organized and on top of all of the things that you need to get done. Join me in my next podcast episode 86 in January where I will be talking about how to plan speech therapy sessions in a more timely and efficient way!