Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tips for Time Management

Time Management:
Three keys to time management are Remembering: remembering, setting priorities, and motivation. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking "I won't forget that." But the important thing is not just to remember it, but to remember it at the right time -- a time when you can take the first step in doing it.
Time Management: Motivation
You've set goals, written lists, chosen priorities, and identified what's important to do right now, but you don't feel like doing it.
Here are some ideas to help with motivation.
In the book "Feeling Good," David Burns points out that it's not necessary to "feel like" doing something in order to do it. You can just start. Usually, once you've started, you begin feeling more motivated to continue doing it.
Time Management: Setting Priorities
If you write a list of things to do this evening, it probably contains way more things than you can actually accomplish. That's fine. The list is valuable. By looking over it, you can choose the most important things and do them first. The rest can be transferred to other lists.
Why is time management important for managers?
For most managers – the work day goes something like this: you come into work with a list of things you need accomplished - half way through your first task, you run to put out a crisis, attend an impromptu meeting, counsel a team member and perhaps get your team to work on a project immediately because the client bumped up the deadline. As you get ready to leave at the end of the day – your to-do list stares mockingly at you – not one tick mark present on that never ending list. For a manager it is imperative that you manage your time effectively in order to achieve the results required from both you and your team, but research shows that less than 5% of managers spend time panning their workdays and the majority of them list ‘the ability to manage time’ as a skill they would like to develop and master.
Time Management Important:
Time is a precious: Time is a special asset and it cannot be preserved, but it can be managed to work to your advantage. Time management may not produce more hours in a given day but it can increase the possibilities of accomplishing your goals and feel more in control. Controlling your time and realistically structuring your schedule can help you become more effective and productive.

Time is yours to spend: Time is a resource given to you unconditionally, what you do with it make the difference on how effective, creative and successful you are.
Recognizing the importance of time management will help you use your time wisely and allow your goals drive your activities. Good Time management equilibrates greatness at work with greatness in leisure. Our lives become healthier, with less stress and more joy and fulfillment.
Time Management is a skill: You can learn how to manage time. There are plenty of tips, tools and programs out there that can help you master the skill and improve it. Time management requires a commitment to change old habits and create new "good" ones, discipline, self-assessment, consistent planning and monitoring.