Well, one common question that we come across many people is how do you manage time? When we speak management, of course it sounds as a word that is only for the mid-level or Sr.level executives to use them every day. What about the word "Time”? It's for all age’s right? (Is there any one saying “No” to this?)
The surprising question we always have is why do we need to struggle managing time? Why many of us fail in this topic?
Is it not easy for anyone to get the Time Management going smoothly?
- How many of us do realize that we started managing time right from our school days?
- How well we managed to complete our daily home works and go to play?
- How well we managed to skip classes in our college days and still completed with a first class degree
- How well did you plan your vacations and then execute the vacation plan with perfect satisfaction ?
Am sure most of you will agree that you all started time management at early days (read it as child hood days), even without realizing that you were managing it. Then why is there an excuse or complexity often raised about time management.
The issues here is most of us are only providing an excuse by means of a statement -" We don't have time". How many of us realize that we have failed to plan well and manage time with success?
Talk about time, the proverb by Ralph Waldo Emerson is the best to be quoted;
" This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it”
A simple answer to Time management lies in the fact that it is not about insufficient time, but it’s all about one's own changing priorities and one's own interest of selecting an activity to perform.
Many of us, if given a list of five activities to complete in a day, will pick our favorite activities first and then push the remaining ones to the bottom of our priority list. We will spend more time on our favorite activity to complete it with perfection and then focus on the remaining activities. You will never realize that by the time you were supposed to complete all five activities, you would have already exhausted the time limit given to you. Now when you think about completing the pending activities, you would have almost lost your interest on those due to your time pressure and you will not be delivering the best on those.
Think twice... Your action was to complete all five activities and not your favorite activity. Hence the model to complete should have been to allocate a distributed time to all five activities, pick the activities that you are not familiar with as the first priority and then complete the know activities in order. This way you will be able to achieve all five activities within the given time period of the day. If you still have some time left, after completing all these five activities then you can n touch up on your most favorite activity.
The first secret to succeed in Time Management from any time management specialist point of view, is to revisit the same example we took above.
Next time if you are assigned to complete five activities in a day, do not repeat the same mistake!Pick the least favorite activity among the five and keep that as your first item to complete. You will realize for sure that you are growing better, clever and matured. Now you will also shout louder that you are able to manage time better!
This is just the beginning on achieving success through Time Management - You will feel proud when you achieve success this time, of course without excuses !