Saturday, 7 February 2015

Time Management – Are you managing your time or the Time managing you?

I know this is the toughest question for all of us as we are putting lot of efforts to manage our time to complete our daily tasks. Managing the time is one of the important criteria to become a leader. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, but some of them have virtually more time within this span of 24 hours. Its all depends on how well they are managing the time and planning and executing their activities

Nowadays, it is common that people are complaining about their hectic schedule and they don’t have enough time to complete all the tasks. Planning stays first step towards time management. How we are scheduling our time will count on our outcome. Yes, there are new assignments added, meeting may be cancelled, something needs prolonged efforts etc., but still we need to plan flexible schedule for everything and ready to accommodate unexpected events.

Procrastination, this is one of the top most evil of time management. How many times we postpone our activities which we feel tough to finish. But, most of the times we forget that those difficult tasks should get completed by ourselves at any point of time. We need to cultivate the habit of “Do it now” attitude. If we start practicing this, we will learn to avoid procrastination.

There are ways to stay focused to utilize our time in most efficient way. But, we need to customize our schedule based on our needs. You can read and learn lots of principles through books, articles, internet etc. but you need to find the best way customized for your needs. First, you need to observe and study how you are spending the time everyday. This helps to identify the gaps and apply the time management principles to bridge the gap.

Delegation, I would say this is the skill you need to learn to be effective in your time management. Leaders know how to delegate their jobs to their workforce, so that they can stay tuned on more high profile tasks. You should learn how to assign the job to your subordinates and take up the high end job where you need to concentrate more.

Managing your time is an essential component of any business and personal life. Hence, study your activities, plan your time, get out of procrastination, learn to delegate and the success will march towards you.

19 comments:

JoJo said...

I often wonder how I got anything done when I worked full time. I guess I just crammed it all into the weekend. I will say one thing though: When we are under constant threat of snowstorms, it's forced me to be at the height of efficiency in the event we lose power. I don't really need to have laundry languishing in the hamper, dishes in the sink, errands to be run, prescriptions to be called in, etc., hanging over my head under those conditions at all. I lose power, I lose hot water, and have to wait to be plowed out to get anywhere. Best to get it done ASAP. The morning of the blizzard, my power flickered at 5:45 and I was up like a shot, got the coffee maker going and got in the shower in case it went out!

Sangay Cholden said...

Nice to read about time management~

Aunt Mary said...

A very good post about time management , you have shared some wonderful tips of managing time :)

Launna said...

We all have the same amount of hours in a day... lately I have been just doing what needs done as it happens so that it doesn't build up. I am also instilling this in my youngest daughter. Once we let it get out of control that is when we feel like we don't have enough time... :)

TexWisGirl said...

i get quite lax in my 'to-dos' lately. :)

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Great post!!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

While I am very good at managing my time at work, I'm not at the house any more. Once upon a time I was excellent at it. But now I just get tired before I get what I want done.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Mariodacatsmom said...

Time definitely manages me. The days just zoom by and little is accomplished. Good article and I've written down a couple of those tips.

Julia said...

I usually accomplish a lot in a day but I sometimes I plan more than I can accomplish but prioritize and everything eventually gets done sooner or later.

I hate leaving a job before it is completed. I like everything well done and I also like to do preventive maintenance to save me time later on down the road.

I live with a procrastinator and it sometimes hinder my progress and I get frustrated.
JB

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I think those who work full time jobs and care for a family they are bloody amazing I was a stay at home mum and I often felt like I didn't have enough hours in a day

Joy said...

yes, time management is very important. For ke time is gold, so I have to fill my time with productive things:)

Sherry Ellis said...

It's about prioritizing - figuring out what's important, and putting that at the top of the list to get done.

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi John ,
This is a much needed post and with practice , people could have more free time . Thanks for sharing ;- D Nee

Betsy Adams said...

I don't have near the same problems with Time Management as I did when I was working full-time and raising my sons... Life was all about organizing my time well back then...

These days (Retirement), we both still stay very busy --but life is not as scheduled and demanding as it was years ago.

I have never procrastinated --so that is not a problem. I know/knew how to say NO well--so that helps.

And even in my demanding job (when I was working) --I had ONE day off when I was not accessible to anyone.. That was my one day of sanity!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Listing stuff to do during my awake time is important. Mainly so I won't forget something. Great tips.

Kelly Hashway said...

I multi-task. That's the only way I can get through my to-do lists.

SweetMarie said...

I don't know how I did everything back when I had a full time job as an administrator at a small private school, full time single mom and I owned a small commercial cleaning business. Now I work PT from home selling on ebay, have too many doctors appts and have started to procrastinate. I make to do list because it feels so get to cross things off the list. :)
I always enjoy your posts!

DL Hammons said...

I find that the older I get...the more I delegate. And I'm okay with that. :)

Nina said...

yes, it is about time and about managing it - I spent the first moments in the mornings at work in prioritizing - what needs to be done first - what is in process - what can wait ... and schedule time for writing / phone calls etc. And I try to be better not to answer e-mails as they're rolling in - but to check them a few times a day.

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