Time Management Skills

Why care about Time Management?

Because it helps your life to run more smoothly. Time management benefits you in several ways.

It requires self-discipline, but the benefits of time management far outweigh the work required. They include:

  1. Less Stress – Managing your time can directly reduce your stress level. Fewer surprises. Fewer tight deadlines. Less rushing from task-to-task and place-to-place.
  2. Get More Done – Being productive is one of the main goals of time management. When you know what you need to do, you can better manage your workload. You will be get more of the right tasks done in less time.
  3. Less Rework – Being organized results in less rework and mistakes. Forgotten items and instructions lead to extra work. How often do you have to redo a task? Or make an extra trip because you forget something?
  4. Less Life Friction and Problems – Missed appointments or deadlines, and unexpected interruptions can result in increased life friction, which could be avoided with a little planning and preparation.
  5. More Free Time – You can’t create more time, but you can make better use of it by managing your time. Simple actions like shifting your commute or getting your work done early can produce more leisure time in your life.
  6. Less Wasted Time – When you know what you need to do, you waste less time in idle activities. Instead of wondering what you should be doing next, you can be already started.
  7. More Opportunities – Being on top of your time and work produces more opportunities. The early bird always has more options. Luck is where preparation and opportunity collide.
  8. Improves Your Reputation – You will be considered reliable. No one is going to question whether you are going to show up, do what you say you are going to do, or meet that deadline.
  9. Less Effort – Proper time management makes your life easier. Things take less effort when you have already figured out efficient ways of doing them.
  10. More Time Where it Matters – Managing your time is allotting your time where it has the most impact. Time management allows you to spend your time on the things that matter most to you. When you save time on one activity you have more left to do things you want to do.

Even small changes over time can have a great beneficial effect. If you only used an extra 10 minutes a day for some purpose that equates to an extra 60 hours a year. Not inconsiderable when many people consider a work week to be about 40 hours. But you can be much more ambitious. An extra hour a day would equate to 9 weeks per year. And if that additional time is used wisely to learn and do things that lead to doing things even more efficiently and effectively there is a further multiplier effect, which if extrapolated over a lifetime is absolutely massive.

Good time management can be considered as the ability to plan and control how you spend the hours available to you to effectively accomplish your goals. Necessary skills involved in managing your time include planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, monitoring where your time actually goes, self-control and overcoming procrastination.

In essence it involves identifying what activities you should be doing, when you should do them, and how to do them efficiently, in order to gain maximum benefit.

 

For bookings or to discuss your requirements or for further information call Noel on 085-1393768.

We particularly welcome enquiries from second-level schools wishing to build transition year projects around the different aspects of effective and efficient study skills.

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