For some people, using a computer to manage time is useful. They can use the system quickly and easily. Changes to circumstances or other issues that might impact their project as a whole can be integrated quickly with their skill.
However there is no correlation between the amount of money or time that is spent on planning and preparation, and the amount of time saved. For some people, just five minutes at the start or end of each day to review their tasks is enough to ensure that the day runs smoothly. For them, all their important tasks are completed, and little time is wasted.
Effective time management requires you to be firmly honest with yourself about your weaknesses. Those things that tempt you away from work might, on their own, seem insignificant, but as a whole they can be compiled into a large chunk of time each day. Time management is about realising and understanding that a huge chunk of the day can be spent in far more profitable ways, leaving you with a guilt free amount of time to enjoy, knowing that you met all your targets.
It can often be the little things that make the difference in how much you end up completing at the end of the day. For example, making a cup of tea, and checking emails. Ask yourself whether you really do need that many cups of tea - or is the process merely an excuse to walk away from work? Perhaps at the start of the day you could have a box with just three tea bags in it - and limit yourself to that many cups until you have completed all the tasks on your list. Consider checking your emails whilst the kettle is boiling?
These might seem small and insignificant, but effective time management does not have to be difficult. It is often very simple, and highly beneficial. It is just hard to accept our own weaknesses. But when we do face up to reality, then it becomes a task merely of putting into practice one small change at a time.
And just making one small improvement in your routine can have a major impact on your productivity.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".