The importance of time management seems quite clear to us.
More often than not, we can have the best intentions of following the organizing tips we have come across. We spend time organizing computer files in preparation of our work, even purchasing and learning how to use time tracking software and other digital graphic organizers and tools.
Yet these actually end up taking over even more of our precious and limited time. It almost feels that simply looking for time management tips will somehow magically transform us into efficient workers. We are failing to accept the irony that such preparation or planning is in fact little more than vaguely disguised procrastination.
The first important step is accepting the fact that what we are doing is wasting time and delaying the inevitable task ahead. We also need to be honest with ourselves and accept that the only consequence of our procrastination is that we will have less and less time to complete the task itself. This results in an increased level of stress and anxiety, a decrease in the level of quality we can expect from the end product, and an overall feeling of disappointment with ourself.
Although planning and preparation for the tasks ahead are very important and beneficial, they must be reasonable in terms of time spent on the actual planning. Clearly spending half an hour preparing for a task that might take about half an hour is unwise time management!
It is important to set your goals, and to do it yourself since only you really know what your ultimate goals are. The short term targets might be to complete a particular task. But to help overcome the otherwise inevitable procrastination it is extremely helpful to have in mind a clear idea of what the end purpose might be. Perhaps a promotion, new job opportunity, a particular grade, and so on.
You will find that once you start admitting to yourself why you always seem to run out of time on projects despite having had plenty of time initially, you will start to improve your overall efficiency dramatically.
Ultimately, time management is more about behavior management than time.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".