Time is what God give equal to everyone, no one can say I am cheated with time and that is why I am the way I am. So, Time is a unique resource in the sense that we all have exactly the same amount of it. No one can reverse time or replace time, no matter how you think of it, being poor, rich or influential.
How often have you said something like?
‘I don’t have time to do…’
‘If only I had more time I would…’
There just aren’t enough hours in the day……’
Have you ever stopped to think about time and how you use your time?
Despite this, relatively few people make the effort to learn about time management and how to make best use of their time
To manage your time well, you have to manage yourself
Time management is essentially about self-management. The principles are quite straightforward and you might say they are common sense. In fact, the first time I am invited to speak on time management. It appears so tricky a bit to me, because I see myself in a mirror over the topic then, of course everyone can speak, but I don’t want to be the part, after speaking without putting the principles into practice.
If you want to be a better time manager then you must be willing to change and commit to new habits. This takes a good deal of determination and self-discipline. But don’t be discouraged, there’s evidence to suggest that if you manage to stick to a new habit for 28 days, then it becomes second nature. The best approach is to adopt new habits incrementally rather than trying to change too much at once.
Here are some key principles to manage your time better
Time management means taking more control over how you spend your time and making sensible decisions about the way you use it. At work this usually means not wasting time on irrelevant things and focusing instead on the most important tasks. We’re all different and we all have different working styles, different things that motivate us and even different ways of wasting our time! A useful first step is to analyse your relationship with time. How do you use your time? Do you tend to work proactively or reactively? What are your time wasting habits? What things tend to throw you off track?
- Have a realistic plan for your day. Don’t just work on impulse, and don’t do try to do more than you can handle.
- Prioritize your work, and do the most important things first.
- Know what your distractions are, and take steps to control them (for example, switch off your phone).
- Start early, and keep on going, even when you feel discouraged or fed up.
- Know what’s irrelevant, and don’t waste your time on unproductive or pointless things.
- Switch between focused work and lots of short breaks.
- Be flexible if you meet with obstacles, or things don’t turn out the way you’d planned.