Time is something that you can never rewind; when time is gone it is gone and you can do nothing about it. The only thing we can do about time which has already gone is to have countermeasures that will prevent the already caused damage from happening again in the future, an effective way of preventing damages from spreading is to manage your time well because we all know that “prevention is better than cure”. This quote is mostly used to describe a sickness in a person but it can also be applied in time management, time management is an important commodity because if one’s time is gone you will never be in a position to recover it.
When people talk about time management, it is all about managing your day effectively so that you can achieve what you have set to achieve in that day to achieve and this usually involves making use of your time wisely to achieve the goals that you have set up for yourself in that day. When a person manages his time well he will have a feeling of mastery and he will feel proud when he accomplishes the things he has planned to do on that day. Having motivation is important in time management because motivation will prevent you from doing any type of work that is irrelevant to you. This will make that person tired and sometimes he may be disgruntled and demotivated if he does not achieve what he has set himself to do in that day. People with motivations are important in time management because motivation will prevent you from doing any type of work that is irrelevant to you. So, time management is the art of managing your time well during the day and with that, you can handle all your work responsibly without procrastination.
Importance of Time
We all know that time is always on the move, the only thing we can say in relation to time is that “manage your time each day well” and try to live each day as though it was your last one on earth. It is important to manage your time well and this is directed toward those people who like to postpone their work, and sometimes they would like to ask for more time in doing things that have been assigned to them. They are always having excuses for not being able to finish their work on time and they like to blame themselves, “I wish a day had an extra hour” yet so many people in a day are achieving much and still they can create time for themselves and at the same time have. Every person has an equal number of hours in a day i.e. 24 hours in a day, when a person manages his time well it means he is able to make the best out of time which is available to that person, and this will help the person to achieve the short- and long-term goals that he has set for himself.
Techniques used to Manage Time
For a person to overcome time wastage he can try to adopt some simple time strategies; First of all the person should think of how he spent most of his time in a day and if he/she doesn’t have any idea on how he/she spend their time, then he/she can draw up a time table to include those relevant things because a time table will guide the user to use his/her time well. Secondly, the person should define his/her goals and this includes his short-term goals which can be achieved on a day-to-day basis. The goals and objectives for the day should always be mentioned first thing in the morning. Thirdly, the person should make sure his or her meeting is well planned and also he or she should make sure the meeting starts on time, and lastly, the person should make sure he/she is well organized in his workplace. i.e. work station should be well organized to avoid misplacing the working tools which will waste time when the person tries to look for them.
The way a person manages his or her time will reflect much about that person and you can be able to judge that person. A serious and smart person will try to do all his or her work on time and in his/her world there is no room for procrastinating, he will start his work early and finish his/her work on time and with this, he will be in a position to create time for himself for fun. A lazy person will be the opposite of a serious and smart person who manages his time. As for a lazy person, his/her world is full of procrastination and he likes postponing a lot of his work to the future. A lazy person will always have excuses when he has not finished his work and he does not have time for himself because he is always working for something which he could have done before.
Habits to Avoid
Bad habits in time management will prevent that person from achieving his or her goals, and in order for this person to be able to achieve his goals, he must first prioritize his goals or the kind of work he or she is doing, distraction is another habit which can make a person not to concentrate while doing his work. The means to avoid this is to work in an environment where there is no distraction or away from people. For a person to improve his welfare in relation to managing time, he must get rid of the things which are mentioned above.