Time is a valuable resource. Why? Because you can’t buy it, keep it or stop it in its tracks. Every minute that passes has gone, forever. You can’t recover it, rewind it or recycle it. So it pays to treat time with respect and try to get the best result out of every precious moment. If you want to maximize its potential, you need to manage your actions well.
Being good at managing your time means being organized, efficient and using your time wisely :)
No one can remember everything, however good a memory they have. Being good at managing your time means being organized, efficient and using your time wisely. One thing that’s very useful is spending a bit of time thinking about your priorities, working out what needs to be done by when. This is not time wasted. In fact it’s a wise investment of an hour or so.
Most people from time to time experience the problem of not knowing how to get everything done in the time available. This is quite normal. It doesn’t mean that you are bad at managing your time. However, if this sort of problem seems to be constant in your life to one degree or another, you do have a time management dilemma. There are times for everyone when things seem to conspire to prevent work going ahead as planned. But if you’re about to confess to living in a state of near-permanent chaos, you need to take action.
You probably do have too much to do, and too little time in which to do it. Perhaps while coping with the urgent tasks you never get around to the really important ones. Is your desk piled high with untidy sheaves of paper? Are you bombarded with interruptions on a daily basis and impossible deadlines foisted on you?
The effect of getting to grips with your time management has several positive (immediate) benefits. It improves your efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. And it can influence how you are perceived by others in your workplace.
Making time mangament to work
To be successful, you need to develop skills and habits which, when used correctly, work positively for you. These skills aren’t only necessary for doing your job successfully, they are also essential if you want to be seen as competent and capable.
First, it helps to be organized. This applies both at work and at home. If you are being led by events rather than being in control, it is quite likely that this impacts on your leisure time too. Every constructive habit you learn will help. In other words, there’s good news. It gets easier as you go along. Good time management habits help ensure a well-organized approach to the way you plan and carry out your work. Bad habits, as the saying goes, are like beds. They are easy to get into but difficult to get out of.
There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the day feeling you’ve achieved little or nothing. Making time management work for you relies on two key factors: how you plan your time, and how you implement the detail of what you’ve planned. Some of the skills you will be learning later on are: how to plan; self-assessment; making a plan; and setting goals.
In next article of time management we will talk about developing good habits