What is Time Management?

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What is Time Management?

Time is our most precious asset, and yet we let it slip away.

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It seems that there is never enough time in the day. But, since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in good time management.

The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well. By using the time-management techniques in this section, you can improve your ability to function more effectively – even when time is tight and pressures are high.

Good time management requires an important shift in focus from activities to results: being busy isn’t the same as being effective. (Ironically, the opposite is often closer to the truth.)

Spending your day in a frenzy of activity often achieves less, because you’re dividing your attention between so many different tasks. Good time management lets you work smarter – not harder – so you get more done in less time.

What is “Time Management?”

“Time management” refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities.

It may seem counter-intuitive to dedicate precious time to learning about time management, instead of using it to get on with your work, but the benefits are enormous:

  • Greater productivity and efficiency.
  • A better professional reputation.
  • Less stress.
  • Increased opportunities for advancement.
  • Greater opportunities to achieve important life and career goals.

Failing to manage your time effectively can have some very undesirable consequences:

  • Missed deadlines.
  • Inefficient work flow.
  • Poor work quality.
  • A poor professional reputation and a stalled career.
  • Higher stress levels.

Spending a little time learning about time-management techniques will have huge benefits now – and throughout your career.

Key Points

Time management is the process of organizing and planning how much time you spend on specific activities. Invest some time in our comprehensive collection of time management articles to learn about managing your own time more efficiently, and save yourself time in the future.

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Comments (3)
  • Yolande wrote Over a month ago
    Hi sony7

    Maybe it will help to set some goals in order to get certain things done? If you know that the outcome of your lack of time management will be negative, that could motivate you to do better in future.
    There isn't a magical quick fix for a lack of time management - it's going to take focused and persistent effort to fix it.

    If you become a member of Mind Tools, you may want to consider our "Certified Time Manager" course where you work with a coach to improve your time management skills.
  • sony7 wrote Over a month ago
    hello Madam,
    Your team is doing an excellent work, i'm thankful to each and every person of your team.I have completed graduation now it's time for me to grab a better job,but madam i would like to let you know that my time-management effort's won't last at-least for a week. Some times I can see the shocking after-effects of my careless time management, unfortunately i couldn't able to find a permanent solution for this. so kindly please guide me to overcome this.....
  • Midgie wrote Over a month ago
    Looking at how you manage yourself and your work, in the time you have available, is so critical to personal effectiveness and efficiency.

    I do believe that even when you have good time management practices, it can always help to review things and see whether there are some small shifts you can do to improve things.

    A periodic review of your projects, your priorities and how you currently spend your time will help you to ensure you stay on track with things.

    How often do you do a review and make some adjustments? Are there any key things that you consider when looking at your own self management?


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