Time Management-Why You Must Improve

Do you have issues with your time management? Doing so could have an adverse effect on both your personal and work life.

When it comes too improving your time management, there are a number of tools and techniques that can be used; Setting goals and prioritisation, using To-Do lists, utilising the 80/20 rule, delegation and outsourcing are some of the more well known. These tools form the ‘how of’ time management, but for them to be truly effective we have to understand the ‘why’ of time management.

When it comes to why you must improve your time management, there are a many reasons, many of which will be personal to yourself. Five of the more generic reasons are described below.

Time Management is Simple To Do

As previously mentioned, there are a number of tools and techniques that can be used to enhance your time management, and the only investment required is a little effort on your part. There is a lot of information available in bookstores and on the internet, making it simple for you to discover and try out appropriate time management methods, why would you not want to enhance your time management?

Time Management is Essential To Your Personal Life

Poor time management has many severe effects, among those the effect on your personal life can be one of the most serious. If you consistently miss your children’s school plays and parent’s evenings, never getting home on time and are always doing work at home, you may be hurting relationships with spouses, children and friends in more ways than you could have ever imagined. Our families and friends are usually very patient but are not likely to put up with this behaviour for long.

Time Management is Essential For Your Career

Poor time management will affect your work life.  If you do not know how to properly manage your time, you may miss deadlines or meet them in the nick of time; this in turn can lead to a loss of confidence in you by your bosses. You may be seen as someone who gets easily distracted and wastes the time of your colleagues. So you are unlikely to be trusted to partake in projects that are influential to the business.

Time Management Can Only Benefit You

As you have hopefully already seen, taking the time to discover and exercise effective time management methods will benefit you, your work, and your personal relationships. Why not enhance your life with the understanding and practicing of time management strategies?

The Options That You Have

As a reminder, it is essential to focus on the options that you have when looking to enhance your time management.  Creating a set of goals and a To-Do list is easy and free to do.  You can use timers and alarm clocks to help you make better use of your time. You probably already own a traditional alarm, but your mobile phone, laptop, tablet and personal computer, will all be equipped with alarm clocks.

Taking the time to discover and engage in effective time management strategies could just benefit you, your work, and your personal relationships.

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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