It’s using the hours in your day to your full advantage. At work it’s using the time in your workday to be as productive as possible.
But time management is not just about getting a lot done – it’s also about getting good quality work done. You can work very hard all day at something and not be using your time in the most effective manner. It’s important to understand that good time management is not just about working hard. It’s about working effectively as well.
There are three key elements to Time Management: planning, evaluation, and self-control.
To be an effective time manager, you’ll need to plan how to spend your time. You’ll need to create To Do lists, review your tasks to determine how long they should take, and see which tasks should take priority over other tasks.
You’ll need to evaluate how you are progressing. To do this you’ll need to measure your results and track how you are spending your time. And of course, you’ll need to exercise your self-control. You will need to stay focused, complete your tasks in order of priority and stick to your overall plan.
First let’s review the more obvious benefits.
Good time management skills will aid you in producing high quality work and meeting deadlines.
This is due to your improved productivity and efficiency throughout your workday. This improved performance may lead to better career progression and it can also improve the profitability and efficiency of your organisation as a whole.
There are other, less obvious benefits too. Good time management can lead to a better work life balance as you will be able to manage your time more effectively and complete your work more efficiently. This will leave you with more time available for personal pursuits.
Your improved performance at work combined with a better work life balance can help to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall level of happiness. You may stop feeling overwhelmed at work and may even find new levels of motivation.
It’s also possible that improving your time management skills at work will help you to practice better time management skills at home also. Becoming more organised and efficient at home can also help to reduce your stress levels, leading to improved health and happiness.
Improving your time management skills will improve your productivity and efficiency at work. This will be of benefit to your career, the performance of your organisation as well as being beneficial to your health and wellbeing both in and outside of the workplace. That means developing good time management skills is good for both you and your organisation.
Building an understanding of your own habits and activities will help you to build good time management skills. You’ll become more aware of when you are more productive and what distracts you. You can then take steps to eliminate these distractions and plan your day around your own productivity peaks.