Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Time Management in 4 simple steps


Everyone can benefit from managing their time, and in most cases you probably are doing at least a little time management already. If you use to-do lists or enter time sheets regularly you will have some time management knowledge already. Adding a little more focus and effort can realise the full potential of this skill. Even if you are new to time management, it is a simple skill to learn, but one which can bring you huge benefits.

What is time management? I define it as

Management of priories to maximise the goals achieved given the requirements and resources available.

You are not really managing your time but ensuring you achieve as many of your tasks with the resources you have. Of course a key finite resource out of those available to you is time.

A frequent goal for time management is productivity and this can be given a significant boost with these practices. However, time management can be used to improve many other things such as your work-home balance.

Managing your time can bring the following benefits.

  • Increased Efficiency
  • Increased Effectiveness
  • Personal Development
  • Increased responsibility
  • Reduce Stress
  • Empower colleagues

Ultimately time management can be used to improve your life and even that of your colleagues and friends.

If you want to manage your time you have already made the first step, consciously deciding to manage your time and revisiting this every few months, can have an enormous positive impact in the way you live.

I'm going to cover the four steps which can bring you all these benefits and then more tips and tricks to make time work for you.

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