Time Management is more than just managing our time

By Sudath Wijesooriya

Time management is so important; when you think about it, time is your most precious commodity in life, so it's really life management. Manage your time and you truly are managing your life in a positive direction. Time management is a grand idea when dealing with the things in your life. It's all about organization, efficiency and getting things done. Time management is equal to wise usage of time. This may be the difference between fame and failure.

Time Management is not doing the wrong things quicker. That just gets us nowhere faster. Time Management is more than just managing our time; it is managing ourselves in relation to time. It is setting priorities and taking charge of your situation and time utilization. Time management is MANAGING YOURSELF when following some basic time management principles.

Time management is one of the most important skills needed for success in education. How students use time has a major impact on their academic accomplishments, satisfaction, and stress level. Time Management is a critical issue and millions of people ask the question "How do I get it all done?".
Time management is the key to keeping everything together. It is commonly defined as the various means by which people effectively use their time and other closely related resources in order to make the most out of it. Time management strategies are often associated with the recommendation to set goals.

Time management is so important for students that many Freshman Experience classes focus on the subject. It is an essential skill for successful study. It is a matter of choice how we use the time we have.
Time management is easy as long as you commit to action. The key to successful time management is planning and then protecting the planned time, which often involves re-conditioning your environment, and particularly the re-conditioning the expectations of others.

Plan your day each morning or the night before and set priorities for yourself. If you have morning calls, look up the numbers the night before and leave them by the phone. Planning will help the student to juggle the demands of study, work and social life. The first step could be drawing up a plan of your semester, when you have classes and when assessments are due. Planning allows you to pace yourself. It allows you the time to take advantage of the many resources which could make your work easier and more productive.

Planning tomorrow's schedule today is a great way to get ahead. At the end of each workday, jot down a to-do list of things you want to accomplish tomorrow, in order of priority. Planning for that waiting time can mean accomplishing more tasks - rather than complaining about the wait.

If there is a file ready to be picked up for just such times, the wait seems to go faster and more is accomplished. Planning your time allows you to spread your work over a Semester, avoid a 'traffic jam' of work, and cope with study stress. Many deadlines for university work occur at the same time, and unless you plan ahead, you'll find it impossible to manage.

Tasks with an "urgent" designation are those that have deadlines. The "vital" designation is for items that are important to your career or personal life. Prioritize the items on your list. Prioritizing enables to plan the amount of time you spend on work. Schedule your time-sensitive actions and tasks for the day first, and then fill in the gaps with actions that have looser deadlines. Make a point of doing at least three non-critical actions a day, and at least one "I don't want to do it" action a day. Schedule 10 to 15 minutes each week to clear your work area of junk mail, old papers, and other accumulated clutter. Change habits that lead to messes. Schedule time for breaks. It can be hard to stay focused when you're tired or hungry.

Copyright@ Great Success Publishing Enterprises 2009

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