Friday, December 26, 2008

HOW TO LEARN TIME MANAGEMENT

Fortunately, effective time management is a skill that can be learned. Unlike genius in music or precocity in mathematics, expertise in time management uses skills that can be acquired and improved. Thus, for most of us, developing effective time management techniques means unlearning some poor habits (usually acquired haphazardly) and replacing them with more purposeful better-systematized patterns. The payoff is not only greater satisfaction in one's work and personal activities but better performance and, ultimately, greater achievement of goals in life as well. Ironically, it is those who effectively manage their time who appear more relaxed and self-satisfied; it is those who am constantly underestimating how long something will take or, who are poor planners, who seem frenzied, driven, and in terror of "the clock."
Those who handle their time well does it creatively; they show certain characteristics that separate them from those who are usually in a state of unprepared frenzy.
You can learn to develop time effective habits such as skillful short- and long-term planning, setting and keeping realistic schedules, taking efficiency breaks and viewing tasks to be done as opportunities, not dreaded obligations. If you feel your time management needs help, you can change, if you really want to.
You may need to alter the way you view your time, your work, your personal commitments, and your hobbies, or you may only need to by a daily calendar in which to record your current and future appointments. The benefits of "doing it right" – of being on time, of making (or even beating) deadlines, of following-up and following through on short and long-term goals-- are quickly observed-by you and by others-and that reinforcement encourages you to make those changes stick and to go further. You will wonder how you ever tolerated so much wasted time before: time you could have spent doing something else—reading, socializing, dancing, day-dreaming, learning a new instrument, going back to school, getting additional clients, attending trade shows, inventing a new product, catching up with old friends-whatever your pleasure.
There is no single right way to manage your time. Accomplishment is not the sole measure of effective management; executives may achieve their professional goals at great cost to their health, personal activities, or relationships. With creative time management, the same goals can be met but with added time for leisure activities as well as improved--and more satisfying-personal relationships.
Work holism is often a symptom of poor time management: An inability to begin, pursue, and complete a project leads the workaholic to focus solely on the project. The squeaky wheel gets all the grease and the other wheels get none; the job becomes all. As one reluctant workaholic somewhat breathlessly explained it. "I keep working around-the-clock because I hope I’ll get everything done so that someday I won’t have to work so hard."
Pacing yourself and gaining control of your time lets you accomplish what you value at work, in school, or at home. Skillful management of time gives you more time for friends, family, and leisure activities. It also helps avert burnout—total loss of initiative or the ability to continue to work toward accomplishing the task at hand.

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