Time Management

We each get 86,400 seconds every day.  How do you use your time? Time management is an illusion because no one can really manage time.  Time is constant.  It moves at the same rate for everyone. Basically, time management is organizing and controlling our activities to achieve the most productive use of the time available to us.  Let’s examine some time management tips.

We must plan well, eliminate time wasting activities and apply effective control techniques in dealing with external factors.  Two results of not planning the use of time:  Doing things you should not do and letting others use your time.

There are many reasons we fail to manage our time effectively.

Some of the major reasons are:

  1. we don’t know how to say “no”
  2. we are unorganized
  3. we procrastinate.

Activities like searching for misplaced items, taking extended breaks, and allowing interruptions from others whittle away our time each day.

Strategies involved in using time more efficiently include:

  • Prioritizing – Do the most important tasks first, do the easier tasks when you’re not at your prime time.  Set deadlines to keep focused.
  • Planning – Making to-do lists and setting goals will help you become more organized, and being more organized saves you time.
  • Learning how to say “no” and not feel guilty – you can’t do everything focus on the most important things in your life.

These time management tips can help you take control of the time you have each day.  It takes practice to improve in any area, but managing your time can help you in each area of your life.  Start today using those 86,400 seconds in a more productive way.

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