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Articles » Time Management


Those who can’t make it to that one crucial meeting or just miss the bus everyday by 10 seconds are perhaps pious souls that simply fail to understand how something heavenly like time can be managed by us – humans. They just don’t feel like interfering god’s business.

They should not be blamed really. They would have thought differently had they known that 95% of the problems in the area of time management are not really about managing time at all. What most of us call time management is really about managing our approach, manner and method.

Darryl Davis mentions, “As In my opinion, time management is really an attitude issue, not a technique issue. By attitude, I'm talking about being truly focused on and enthusiastic about your goals. When you're really passionate about your goals, your vision, your next level, etc., you'll automatically do the most productive things to achieve those goals. Without the proper attitude, the best techniques in the world won't have much impact.”

Fundamental Concepts of Time Management:

1.Correct your viewpoint regarding the concept of time. Time is neither tangible entity nor is it variable so it cannot be managed the way one manages his /her finance or fiance. To manage time, one has to learn to manage one's self. Time management isn't real. You can't arrange or re-arrange minutes of an hour to make them more productive. Time doesn't have constituent parts. Time just is. But what you can manage is yourselves in that time. You can manage your actions.

2.Prioritise your work by your purpose not by crisis. Most of us have habits of rushing ourselves only when there is a crisis. Most of the times the crisis is monetary. When it strikes you, you get to go out and list and sell to get some money to get out of crisis. Working by purpose or objective, on the other hand, is to have...

...defined goals,
...preset perspectives and
...determining your next level.

When you do that you have less stress.

So, the idea is to manage your actions with awareness. But before that you must understand how your actions are determined. Your professional goals and personal commitments motivate your actions. When you are committed to some goal you are set in motion and then seldom you have chances of relapsing into self-doubt and confusion. Self-doubt and confusion are greatest of the devils that endorse inaction. When you're in action, there are no thoughts, judgments or opinions getting in the way. Ten times more is done in this short period of time because you're working with this objective, this goal of what you're committed to.

Take that concept and apply it to your study or career or personal relationship. When you're committed to something happening in your career and you're crystal clear about it your actions will automatically flow. Time goes by quickly and you get the results to show for it.

3. Work a schedule. If you cultivate habit to work in schedule then whenever something falls outside of the schedule you do one of two things. You'll either not complete the task or you'll complete it, knowing that you have to compensate for it somewhere else.

4.Time management is a system of organized activities. You have this in certain areas of your personal lives; they're called routines. Routines are useful to establish positive behaviour patterns that bring about the results you desire.

5.Not all of your tasks can get done in a single day. At the end of the day you’re going to still have things that you didn’t get finished, so stop trying to get it all done in 24 hours. It’s like a bull on a treadmill. You work longer hours, you come home stressed, you unload it on your spouse and children, and so on. You’ll get as much done as you get done.

6.Do something as opposed to nothing. This is for the procrastinators. Get busy. If you’re sitting in your office taking papers from one side of the desk and moving them to the other side and then back again, you’re procrastinating. If you’re sitting in the office at six o’clock, trying to think of what would be the most productive thing to do at this time … you’re thinking and thinking, and looking and searching ... stop all that nonsense and just get busy.

7.Time can be invested. You can invest your time. It’s like when you invest hundred rupees and make thousand back. You can invest five minutes of your time and get back great results. You’re in the office from six to seven. You can return phone calls, clean your desk or pick up the phone to schedule listing appointments. What would be the best return on your time invested? Start to look at your time as a valuable commodity. Invest it as you would invest in stocks or bonds – like you would invest in anything that would give you a positive return on your investment.

8.Live a balanced life. (Let’s save time and leave the explanation to you, readers.)

We are sure the time you spent reading this was not a time ill-spent. It would prove a timely investment you made if you can get yourself together and bring about a difference in your life – not just your professional life but your personal life as well.

Remember: What we cannot manage, manages us.



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