How much does being able to manage your time well actually matter?
Time is finite. There are only so many hours in a day, none of which can be reclaimed. How many hours do you have left today? Whatever your definition of time management, it can’t be stored, saved or borrowed. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Therefore, time management is about making the most of your time, and the more you value it the better you’ll use it. I had just finish giving a time management workshop last month in April. It came about through a lot of conversations I had with many working professionals and people from all walks of life.
I have noticed that although many of us had an idea of how to spend our time with the things we want to do in life, there was still a sense of “not having enough”. The ideas of wishing I have more time for fun and enjoyment, wishing I have more time to read a book or watch a movie, wishing I have more time to sit down and just relax; all these wishes we have, we are really looking for a solution to address them. As a working professional and have multiple roles in my life, I understand how important it is for us to have that sense of accomplishment at the end of our days. This was the reason I was inspired to provide a Time Management Workshop.
Why is it so important to manage your time better than you ever have before? There are lots of different ways to tackle the issue of time management; you can download apps, adjust your sleep time, create lists, etc. But if you don’t fully understand why it’s important for you to better manage your time, those apps and lists aren’t going to help you. If you don’t have the motivation to use them, you won’t.
What are the benefits of having better time management?
No matter how you slice it, there are only 24 hours in a day. That applies to you, and to your coworker who only seems able to do half the amount of work you do. But it also applies to the coworker who consistently accomplishes more than you, and was promoted as a result. If you want to rise through the ranks, you have to acknowledge the importance of finding a way to manage this limited resource and work more efficiently than you are now.
When you learn to take control of your time, you improve your ability to focus. And with increased focus comes enhanced efficiency, because you don’t lose momentum. You’ll start to breeze through tasks more quickly and the workday will also seem to fly by.
Whether you rely on a time-chunking technique or discover the power of list-making, you’ll soon find that a nice side benefit of good time management skills is the ability to make better decisions. When you feel pressed for time and have to make a decision, you’re more likely to jump to conclusions without fully considering every option. That leads to poor decision making.
Time management is the key to success. It allows you to take control of your life rather than following the flow of others. As you accomplish more each day, make more sound decisions, and feel more in control, people notice. Leaders in your business will come to you when they need to get things done. And that increased exposure helps put you in line for advancement opportunities.
Through effective time management, you can eliminate the pressure that comes from feeling like you don’t have enough time. You’ll start to feel more calm and in control. When the time comes to examine options and make a decision, instead of rushing through the process, you can take time to carefully consider each option. And when you’re able to do that, you diminish your chances of making a bad decision.
The act of finishing tasks often brings a level of satisfaction and energy that makes you feel good. The importance of time management here? It will help you do more of those endorphin releasing activities. Your ability to manage time has a direct effect on your energy levels.
When you know what matters and you do it efficiently, it’s time well spent.
How you function affects how you feel about the whole of your life. Once you apply skills, techniques and strategies, you’ll find that they only work in conjunction with qualities that we all have, but don’t all use. Patience, persistence, self-discipline and learning to be assertive all get developed.
As you develop your awareness of time, your ability to manage it improves, too.
There were a few things I have shared during the workshop and now I would like to share them with you. Here are my top 5 ways of how you can stay organized and save time in your life:
Surprisingly, time management can improve your confidence as well. You’re more likely to take care of yourself properly if you have the time to do so. You’ll look and feel more put together before you even set foot into your work space. In addition, you’ll get a regular boost from feeling a sense of accomplishment. Meeting your deadlines and exceeding expectations is a huge motivator.
While it is important to take care of everyone else around you, the most valuable step in this process of being organized and save time has to do with whether you are honoring yourself with the time you deserved. Feeling physically drained and emotionally exhausted, it is no wonder we are not performing at a high level of productivity.
Imagine yourself as a cup that holds water, the only way you can fill up that cup is by emptying out the cup first. Recharge, Reconnect and Rejuvenate yourself with a 5-minute walk, stretch, or simply sit at a quiet corner of a busy restaurant. Enjoy and Relax. You will be surprised by the amount of energy you can regain from doing this short exercise and how productive you can become by allowing yourself for a break.