What do you think when you hear the phrase ‘time management’? So, how many times did you tell yourself “I don’t have time”; “I wish I had more time”; “24h a day isn’t enough for me!”… The fact is, the time isn’t the problem, but how you are managing your time.
Do you have the tendency to leave things last minute? Although maybe you are procrastinating a lot, or you live your life on time???
However, “time management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. Therefore, failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and causes stress.
“Time management” refers to the way that you organize and plan
how long you spend on specific activities.
Managing your time
Moreover, managing your time well is a skill that you can learn. And once you learn how to use your time more wisely, you will learn how to be more productive and you will realize that you have enough time for every task of your day. Here are some benefits of good time management:
- Greater productivity and efficiency.
- A better professional reputation.
- Less stress.
- Increased opportunities for advancement.
- Greater opportunities to achieve important life and career goals.
But, like everything poor time management has its undesirable side effects. Besides, failing to manage your time effectively can have some very unwanted consequences:
- Missed deadlines.
- Inefficient workflow.
- Poor work quality.
- A poor professional reputation and a stalled career.
- Higher stress levels.
However, spending a little time learning about time-management techniques will have huge benefits now – and throughout your career and your life.
Where to start?
But for now, here are some suggestions on how and where you can start to manage your time better, and with that make your life a little bit easier. :
- Set your goals (write them down!)
- Prioritize your task wisely
- Set a time limit
- Take short breaks between your tasks (You need to eat)
- Organize yourself (Get a dairy/notebook)
- Remove non-essential tasks (Netflix isn’t essential)
- Plan ahead
- Avoid perfectionism