Time management is an all time skill helpful in all the aspects of life. Time management activities increase the level of self sufficiency and the desire of undertaking responsibilities.
It does not matter which stage of life you are in, time management is required every moment. Either a student, a working professional or a homemaker, there are few easy ways to enhance your time utility.
Some of them are–
As a starter, prioritize the work to be done. Identify few tasks that need to be completed within a week and some tasks that you need to complete daily. Divide time according to the tasks.
Maintain a log book of daily activities. Note down daily happenings in explicit detail, even if it means the duration of the time taken for lunch!
Keep doing this for a week. Be realistic and honest with yourself at least. Don’t expect miracles to happen. Time management requires immense patient. Be truthful to yourself when writing in the journal otherwise it will be like cheating one’s self only. Don’t delete things in order to make it look good. You will only deceive yourself and hamper your growth process.
Now, after 7 days, its time to perform a reality check. Understand where time was fruitfully spent and where it was just simply wasted. Being aware of these faults will help you to improve the time management skills.
If you want, share the results with family, friends and colleagues. Their inputs, advices and tips will help you perform the better next time and learn form them their own techniques if they too are into time management.
With time, increase your time. From 1 week, extend it to 2 weeks, 15 days and then a month. Keep one month as the limit. Every month review your journal and invent new strategies for the next month.
Slowly, you will begin to notice change in you. You will feel organized, not bogged down by work pressure, more dedicated, more responsible and sensible. 24 hours won’t seem less as it used to be before you started the time management learning. This is an ongoing, ever-changing process and is not constant.