“You may delay, but time will not.”
Time management is managing how much time to spend on certain activities and planning for them in advance. Good time management skills are essential to improve your life’s quality by lowering stress and helping you spend quality time with what they consider truly important. Time management is relevant for all sectors of your life and takes a lot of time and patience to master.
Most people assume that those who are good at managing their time multitask a lot, are never late and are always on the go. It is a huge misconception and stereotype that is not accurate. The truth about time management is prioritising your work and goals. Goals should be prioritized based on importance and how urgent they are. Tasks that are important and urgent should be finished right away while tasks that are not urgent and not important can be finished later. Goals that you set for yourself should be realistic to attain them faster and feel more accomplished.
Having a daily planner can be a powerful tool for managing time. Tracking where you waste time for a week or two can make you spend more time on things that really matter to you. Whether it is scrolling through social media feeds or texting people for hours, they take up way more time when you engage in it unconsciously. Tasks that are not important should not be done or should be complete quickly. For this, you need to determine what is significant for you and what you want to spend time on. Planning ahead and having clear, realistic goals for a day can make your life organised and stress-free. Having a to-do list that has a list of goals to achieve for the day can also make you feel great at the end of the day after ticking them off.
Like mentioned earlier, most people believe that people are good at managing time multitask. But to counter that, experts say that if one stops multitasking they actually are improving their productivity. If you are doing four tasks at once, it will take you longer to focus on one of the tasks therefore, you will take longer to complete all the tasks. Our brain is actually incapable of multitasking and only reduces the efficiency of the goal at hand.
Setting a time limit on tasks could help make achieving your goals in a more focused manner. There’s no need to be exact but having a general idea of how long a task can take is crucial for time management. Along with this, log in the number of breaks you need to take as well as how many because no one is a non-stop working machine. Breaks are essential for not getting burnt out and feeling exhausted. Ideas of breaks include going for a short walk, taking a power nap, having a snack or mediating. All in all, time management is an essential tool for making the most out of your time and living a fulfilled life.
“The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.”