We have all heard quite a lot about time management. Thousands of books have appeared on this subject. The objective of time management is – how to set priorities, how to allocate time, how to effectively use it and how to get the best of the given time.
After trying to learn all we can about time management and trying to implement, most people manage to implement only a part of this over long term.
Write down what you need to do today, and give it priority ranks. Now make a note of how much time you think it should take. Now get started on your tasks. Be sure to write down how much time it actually take you to do each of those tasks.
At the end of the day, look over your list. Do you assign time to every task? How did you do on your time management? Did you estimate the time on the high side or low side? With higher allocation of time, you will waste it and with lower allocation, you will undergo stress. So how can you do better on your time management? I have a suggestion. Keep on tracking each days tasks. Keep writing down how much time you think it will take and how much time it actually does take. After a few times doing this you will begin to track and manage your time more accurately.
Are you assigning time to unexpected developments? You might be working on an assignment and suddenly your client calls you with a complaint that needs immediate attention. What will happen to your schedule? It will all go haywire. To avoid time management problems here, separate the most important tasks that must be done in the given time and draw another list of tasks that can be safely postponed. This will help you avoid stress.
Time management is both an art and a science. Don’t become its slave. Make it your tool to work efficiently. Avoid getting pressurized by your own goals.