Why is time management important?
Essentially, good time management matters because it means two things:
Firstly, you spend more time doing what truly matters to you.
Secondly, you feel better about how you’re using your time
In other words, the better you do, the better you feel.
Here are five phases of life most of us go through, along with some solid reasons why time matters, whatever phase you’re in…
1. As a student
At this stage of your life you’re your own boss. The further on you go with your studies the more your ability to learn independently matters… and that means you need to know how to manage your time.
Developing good study habits means you improve your ability to balance work, rest and play… and the quality of each.
You’ll get better grades with less stress.
2. At work
You’re more efficient. More time is saved because of your ability to make better decisions, particularly about what to say ‘yes’ to.
Managing interruptions is something you do better than most.
You’re more effective. You get better at allocating the right amount of time you give to anything or anyone.
Good time management in the workplace means more gets done that matters to a higher standard in the minimum amount of time.
3. If you have a family
Because it’s challenging enough if you learn how to manage time. Without it, balancing work and family life can be chaotic!
Time together is the foundation for healthy relationships. Good time management means you can spend more time togther as a family.
Deciding what to do each day and then doing it determines the quality of what you have.
4. For children
Skills are learnt that will serve in later life
Punctuality is a big issue in terms of time management for kids who have a less developed sense of time (and rightly so, although it can drive parents and teachers nuts!)
Homework gets done (well, it gets done more often.)
Children who learn to manage their time are developing self discipline and a sense of responsibility.
5. When you no longer work
Time takes on a whole new meaning. Work no longer dictates so much of your day -- you and your finances do.
At this stage of life you’re more concerned with what to take on as opposed to what to cut out. Knowing how to manage your time helps you do that.
From childhood to old age, time management means you do more of what matters to you. You’re clear about what you want, you have things to look forward to, goals to work towards, and you feel good about the way you spend your time.
Whether your day is full of demands or you’ve got hours to choose how to use, how you manage your time will dictate how you feel about it.
What’s more important than that?
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Last week's TMS question results (Feb 20-26):
"When is it hardest to manage your time?"