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How To Manage Time, Since we all have just 24 Hours in a day!
"The bad news is TIME FLIES.
The good news is YOU ARE THE PILOT."
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." -”
― Michael Altshuler
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
― Yale Richmond,
How Do You Manage Your Time?
© Chitrangada Sharan Aug. 2013
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What To Do And How To Do, In Order To Do More:
All of us are busy people. We may be busy in doing different things altogether. Some of us may be having a regular office job, while others may be managing home and a part time office job.
There may be students, doctors, nurses, teachers, housewives and others, all busy in their work.
But one thing is common---
We all have only 24 hours to complete our work:
Regardless of the kind of work we may be doing, you must have heard people complaining of their busy and hectic lives.
Making busy or hectic lives manageable is a 'Skill' which everyone should learn and benefit from it.
Understanding the importance of 'Time'
- Time is something, which cannot be increased or decreased.
- Time is something which cannot be controlled or extended.
- Time is something which cannot be sped up or slowed down.
- You may be wealthy, clever or industrious. But still you get only 24 hours in each and every day------------not more, not less.
~~~~Does it mean that 'Time Management' is a false idea?
~~~~Does this mean, One cannot manage time?
~~~~Yes---- 'Time' cannot be managed but we can manage the Usage of 'Time.'
How to carefully manage the available time, putting it to best possible use
Before you can save time, you must spend some and make a little effort to do things like the following:
- Sorting out.
Investing time in 'Time management' is one of the best investments, with maximum returns.
You can use time to make money but no amount of money can buy those extra minutes.
At your office, do you prefer writing your goals for the day in a diary?
Good Time Management Techniques
Good Time Management techniques can:
- Give you more time to do what you want,
- Improve your decision making power,
- Improve your efficiency and productivity,
- Minimize the risks, if any,
- Reduce stress and improve your health
- ----and many more!
♣ Setting the limits:
Time management is all about setting limits.
♣ Limiting availability:
For example, how fair it is to be disturbed by phone calls, to talk without purpose or pay attention to other things, which can be an interruption to your work completion.
You have to learn to limit your availability otherwise you will not be able to manage your time. Constant interruptions can affect the end result, therefore learn to deal with it.
- Limiting Importance:
Not everything can be equally important. You have to prioritize work according to what is most important and that can be finished later on.
It is so easy to become over committed. There is a tendency in most of us to become too much involved and spend most of the valuable time. Whereas we should be working only on things that we should be using our time on.
An important 'Time Management' skill is to 'delegate' work to others efficiently. You step back from personally handling things but you are still involved. This will save lot of your precious time.
♣ Setting Standards:
If you are a 'Perfectionist', you would like everything to be perfect. But even if somebody is not a perfectionist, they can save a great deal of time by doing them in a 'Good enough' way. Doing something better than necessary is again a waste of Time.
It is better to try to adjust your mental standards to do things appropriately, rather than working according to high standards or ideals.
♣ Limiting urgency:
Everything does not need to be done on an urgent basis. There are things, which can be done tomorrow or at a later time or date.
Urgency determines when you do things and in what order. This will leave you relaxed and not rushed up to do things that are really urgent.
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While managing your household, do you plan your activities for the day?
Setting up of Goals:
Setting goals is very important aspect of Time Management.
- Setting goals increases your motivation,
- Setting goals can increase your self confidence and performance,
- Setting goals will help you concentrate and achieve targets,
- There is less stress and anxiety.
- In spite of your best efforts, something somewhere may go wrong.
A personal problem may lead to an interruption in your work and the whole planning is wasted.
Your technological assistants such as computer, Internet etc. may go wrong at a crucial moment.
- There may be some kind of organisational hiccups too, with your colleagues or staff or any other important person who is crucial to the completion of your work, may not be available.
A good manager always has alternative plans ready to complete his job in time.
- There is a difference between 'Efficiency' and 'Effectiveness.' A person with Good Time Management skills, knows this difference and knows how to make Time a friend and not enemy.
A lot can be said and written on this crucial subject. But for that there are Business schools teaching 'To be heads of organisations', the real Time Management skills. But the basics remain the same, whether you are managing a Household or a big Company.
Good Time Management does not require you to make huge changes to the way you work. If you changed few small things in the way you manage things, you would end up with quite a substantial change overall, as the successive effects of the changes adds up.
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