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How To Manage Time, Since we all have 24 Hours in a day

Updated on October 24, 2017
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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

"The bad news is TIME FLIES.

The good news is YOU ARE THE PILOT."

~~~Michael Althsuler.

Time is so valuable! Learn to manage the usage of Time!
Time is so valuable! Learn to manage the usage of Time! | Source

Interesting Quotes:

“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

All Rights Reserved.

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.'

Time management
Time management | Source

Time management tips to increase productivity, source: YouTube

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:

  • Plan,
  • Organise,
  • Review,
  • Rearrange,
  • 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.

There are only 24 hours in a day for everyone
There are only 24 hours in a day for everyone | Source

At your office, do you prefer writing your goals for the day in a diary?

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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.

♣ Prioritize---

  • 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.

  • Limiting Involvement:

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.

Effective time management tips, source: YouTube

Time is money!
Time is money! | Source

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.

To Conclude:

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.

© Chitrangada Sharan 26th August, 2013

All Rights Reserved.


While managing your household, do you plan your activities for the day?

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Check out this interesting video on Effective Time Management Techniques, Source: You tube

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked this hub. I agree with your views--even taking good care of ourselves involves time management.

      Many thanks for voting up and sharing.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      To manage our time is to manage our life. We alone are responsible for using every precious minute productively. Even taking good care of ourselves involves time.

      Thank you my friend for this fantastic, informative hub on time management. Big votes and sharing.



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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks B. Leekley, for your honest confessions!

      In fact all of us have to continuously try to manage time. Some do it more efficiently than others.

      Many thanks for the Follow and your votes!

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      It's that last tip in the video -- keep your life in balance -- that is difficult for me. Today, for instance, I attended a meeting and made progress on a couple of projects but didn't get any sort of exercise or meditate or work on a hub or look at my email inbox or or help with the domestic chores or etcetera. I never manage to juggle all, or even most, that I seek to fit into 24 hours.

      Also I tend to get so focused on goals of today, this week, this month, soon that I am too long unmindful of life goals.

      Thanks for your good advice. Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks teaches12345, for visiting this hub and your kind comments!

      'Organizing' is the key word, to manage properly, whatever work we may be doing.

      Thanks for the appreciation and have a good day!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      As long as I can organize, I am able to function well. I took a semester on time management during college and it changed my life! Great post and so helpful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Lydia, for visiting this hub and commenting!

      I am sorry for responding late, as I did not get the notification for this in my mail.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience and the link is quite useful too. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      From my own personal experience with time management software, what I actually do is I set out plans for each day and at the end of the day I check them out to see what I have achieved for that day.

      There are actually several time management tools that can help us to schedule and organize our time. I have a great tool to share with you. Its Replicon time recording software -

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi MarleneB!

      Thanks for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      I liked your quote, "Your urgency is not my emergency!"

      Thanks again for your support!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      It is interesting that in order to manage time, we have to spend time to get organized. Lots of great ideas here. I use to let other people interfere with my time. One thing I heard someone say was, "Your urgency is not my emergency!" Ever since I heard that I stopped letting other people's inability to plan ahead make me have to rush as well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Thelma Alberts!

      Thanks for your kind visit and appreciation! I am glad you found it useful and thanks for voting up too.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I agree with you. Time should be manage very well. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted this up and useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks CharoonsCharter, for stopping by!

      I am glad you found the hub useful and interesting. Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      well said. I need to tack this to my forehead, now. ;)

      You really covered all bases--from learning how to say "no"--to deciding what can be effectively accomplished in a given time frame.

      It's AWESOME, INTERESTING and (drumroll....) USEFUL!!! Thanks, Chitrangda! Great HUB. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Rosemary!

      It's a pleasure to have you here. Thanks for reading the hub and finding it useful.

      Comments are really exciting and even I enjoy reading them. It feels so nice to get appreciation and feed back from other hubbers.

      Thanks again for sharing your views and lovely comments!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A very useful hub, one we can all learn from and gets us thinking about where we can save time. Most of us have busy lives and need to organise ourselves.

      One of my worst ways to waste time is reading all the comments in a hub, so I am trying not to and just go straight to the bottom and make my comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks jainismus, for reading the hub and commenting!

      I am glad you found it to be useful.

      Thank you!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      It is very useful Hub to know about Time Management Techniques. Thank you for sharing this know how.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Rajan, for reading the hub and appreciating!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice and useful tips for better time management. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks girishpuri, for reading the hub and your positive feedback!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      time management and man management are the two main managerial techniques, which make you perfect in your profession, Thanks for sharing one very important aspect of life.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      So glad to see you once again! Thanks for reading the hub and your positive comments. I am pleased to know that you found it useful. Thanks for your continued support.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub organization is so important and you said it all in this hub most helpful informative, useful and interesting thoughts here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi denise.w.anderson!

      So nice to see you again! I am glad you liked the message in this hub.

      Thanks for your insightful comments and support!

      Have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks thelyricwriter, for your visit, support, encouraging comments and share!

      I am glad you found it useful. I agree proper Time Management can lead us to do more in the available time and leads us to success.

      Many thanks for your continued support!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I like the part about making time our friend rather than our enemy. We all have the same amount of time in a day. What we do with it is either to our advantage or to our disadvantage. This skill is much needed in the workplace and in the home.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on FB. Time management is very important, in business and every day life. You've listed some very valuable information and resources. As you said, we can never get time back. Proper time management leads to success and more time to do what you love. Very good article:)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Imogen French, for reading the hub and your thoughtful comments!

      I am pleased to read your positive feedback!

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      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      Good advice - time management is very important in our busy lives. I think a lot of us take on too much, and the only way to cope is to manage our time as efficiently as we can - or maybe we should try to do less!


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