Time management; a quality that you should take very seriously if you are looking at your personal development. A person who does not respect time, does not respect his or her own self. Parents go all out to inculcate the values of time management in their children. They hope they grow up to be better individuals who can gain respect in society.
Defining Time Management
How would one define time management? Is it about making a timetable and abiding by it? Or is it about allotting a specific time to do your daily tasks? Or is it about separating time for work, play, food and everything else that a human needs to do?
If you put it simply, time management is all about scheduling your tasks in any way that ensures their accomplishment. It does not matter how much time you allot to your tasks; the main thing is that you should be able to accomplish everything that you take up. There should be no wastefulness of time. Entertainment and recreation—two very important human necessities—should be accounted for. A person who masters the art of doing that can be called a good time manager.
Another important quality that people must have that dovetails with time management is prioritization. We take up various tasks, and we already have so many different things to do throughout the day. Yes, our time resources are limited. That is why prioritization becomes important. This ensures that we accomplish the most important tasks first. Which are the more important tasks? Prioritize the tasks on which the fulfillment of other tasks are related. When you learn to prioritize, you automatically manage your time in a better way.
Housewife or the president of a country, it is quite essential that you learn to value time. Time is a finite resource that we have. Our utmost responsibility is to make the most of every second that we have. Use it fruitfully for some kind of advancement, either our own or of the people and things we care for and love.
How DO You Find Time to Do Things You Want despite Your Busy Schedule?
The most common complaint in today’s world is that we are just too busy to find time. Time for the things that we really like to do. We’ve become too consumed by our work hours, then by our responsibilities towards family and society. We get very little time for personal enrichment of any kind. No time to pursue a hobby, for example, or to go on a holiday or maybe to just go for a walk.
But if we managed things in a better way, we could be able to find that time. Time for the things that we really like to do. It is all about proper management.
Set Priorities. What are the most important things for you? To be good at your job and your spouse and children need you, but don’t you have a responsibility towards yourself as well? This does not mean you need to become selfish. Spending the better part of your day at work, which is a significant amount of time each day performing your various other obligations. Shouldn’t you spare an hour or two at least once every two days for your personal gratification? Remember that improving self is extremely vital.
Decide what you want to do. What to do with the time you get for yourself. Are you going to enrich it in some way? Plan to do something creative or just thinking of entertaining your mind so that you become more productive. When you know what you are going to do with your time, that in itself becomes an incentive. Example, if you think that you will watch a movie when you are free, the movie itself becomes the incentive. You work faster so that you make sure to free up some time to watch it.
Make a Commitment. Just as you commit to perform all your other jobs, make a commitment to yourself as well. Commit that you will spend 1 hour each day on enriching yourself. This time needs to be scheduled at a time that is most convenient to you and is not going to run into other commitments. But, promise to yourself that you will spend an hour on self-improvement and stick to that religiously.
Ask Others. Ask people you trust what changes they want to see in you, what they think you are good at. These are people you trust, people who don’t have any ulterior motives when they are talking with you. They will tell you the truth about what they want you to do. When you find people telling you such things, you start making a conscious effort to spend time on yourself.