Moving to Sweden can be both exciting and overwhelming. As an expat in Sweden, you not only need to acquaint yourself with the local language and culture, but also learn how to manage your time efficiently. Punctuality and proper time management are essential to Swedish corporate culture. Below are six effective time management tips for your new job in Sweden.
1. Prepare in Advance
Plan your days or weeks. By jotting down the key tasks and projects you need to accomplish, you will be committing them to your subconscious, which will give you a mental plan of how to spend your time and what to prioritize.
2. Track Your Time
Track and analyze your time for a week. This ensures that you use lagom (Swedish for ‘adequate’ or ‘just right’) amount of time every day for all your tasks.
3. Learn to Say “No”
Avoid tasks that don’t fit in with your established goals or values. Take enough personal time to enjoy the new country, its people, and culture. Learn how to manage your 24 hours every day to make sure that your work is done on time and you have time to enjoy your new country of residence.
4. Schedule Time for Social Media and Checking Emails
Social media allows you to interact with people and know what is happening around you, however, it can become a time sinkhole and a huge distraction from other high-priority work. A rule of the thumb is to schedule specific times throughout the day like early in the morning or during lunchtime to check your email and use social media.
5. Make a To-Do List
If you continually find it difficult to manage your time well, then a to-do list comes in handy. List all the items you need or intend to accomplish and assign how much time you will spend on each task.
6. Prioritize Value Over Volume
Research shows that multitasking in the workplace can result in mediocre outcomes because you put too little attention on many things. But single-tasking can be far too slow. Instead, you should identify and focus on tasks with the highest value and leave the rest for later.
For more great tips like these, you might be interested in our blog post: What are the Biggest Obstacles You Will Face While Working in Sweden.
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