Time Management

Understanding Time Management

How well do you use the hours in your day? In today's world there is an abundance of things to like and do, and more and more people are feeling the burnout that accompanies all of these distractions.

If you're like most people, you are overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all the aspects of your life and still find time to enjoy the things you want to do as well.

It’s important to first understand that in some sense, time management is a myth because we don’t actually have control over time itself – we only have control over how we spend the hours we have available.

That being said, how do we set aside enough hours in the day to do both the things we want to and the things we need to? Indeed, often just getting through our responsibilities is a futile task!

A key factor in practicing good time management skills is to fully understand the ways in which you habitually spend your time. Most of us waste an incredible amount of our days in unproductive or misdirected activities, and worst of all, we fail to see that we are doing so, but become increasingly more frustrated with the deteriorating quality of our personal and professional lives.

So, how productive are you? Are you making progress toward your goals? Or are your falling behind in all the essentials you need to be attending to? What about quality time for family, relaxation, and recreation?

The Stephen Covey time management matrix is an excellent tool for gaining insight into how you can make the most of the hours available to you each day. This matrix divides activities into 4 quadrants to help you identify potential issues in managing your activities. This is an easy to do activity that will make a world of different in how you think about what you do and when and how you do it.

By differentiating between urgent and important tasks, you will begin to understand how changing your approach to your day can result in less headaches, less stress, and more overall enjoyment of your day.

A great majority of the average person’s day is spent putting out fires and rushing to meet other people’s agendas instead of our own. This often leads to feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and ineffectiveness.

By evaluating your activities and classifying your tasks regarding their level of importance and urgency, you can learn to re-structure your activities to make the most of the hours you have available, and effectively step off the hamster wheel.

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Principles of Time Management
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