Pardon me, have you got the time?
We all lead such busy lives. I often hear friends and colleagues say there are not enough hours in a day – It seems to me, adding more hours albeit unrealistic, is also simply not the answer – Good Time Management is.
What are the benefits of good time management skills?
Those who possess good time management experience a reduction in stress. That is to say, when you learn to manage your time you will find you are not running around like “a chicken without a head,” you are able to concentrate on activities which in turn increase your productivity and quality of the task you are engaged in. Managing your time also helps to create a healthy balance in your life – a healthier balance results in a healthier you!
What are some obstacles to good time management?
When it comes to managing our time some of us actually sabotage ourselves by reverting to old habits – rather than learn and /or use more time efficient ways to do things, we become very comfortable with the way we do things which may not be the most effective process. Some of us procrastinate; more specifically, human nature is that we tend to do the things we like to do and avoid the things we do not. Others have a tendency to experience “Time blindness” where is consistently underestimate the amount of time something will take thus finding ourselves frequently running late. Finally, depending on the environment we surround ourselves with, we can become rather distracted (social networking, TV, other people) which interferes with completing the task at hand.
So how do you manage time more efficiently? Here’s some suggestions….
- Break things into smaller, do-able parts – this helps make larger tasks more manageable and therefore easier to tackle.
- Recognize the motivation – it’s very difficult to do a task or project when you are not motivated to do it. Defining the positive aspect of it (for example, cleaning the garage – may be hard to get started however if you think about how you will feel once it’s done this can help to propel you in action).
- Reward yourself for accomplishment – All work and no play make for a poor balance, therefore plan in reasonable/periodic break times in between tasks, or some type of “treat” once you’ve completed your work that you can look forward to.
- Make the environment enjoyable – without causing too much distraction, finding a space and a place, using music, or doing a task with others can all contribute to accomplishing a task.
- Set Goals – if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? It’s very important that you develop a plan of action – this provides you with something to refer to, a guideline that helps your focus.
Discovering ways to manage your time will be the best investment you can give yourself. For time is a precious commodity that you can never recover…so make the most of it every day.
“Time waits for no one – yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the Present.”
For more advice, contact our professional counselor today!
Meet Corrie…Cappino’s Professional Counsellor
CORRIE SIROTA, MSW, PSW holds a graduate degree in Social Work as well as a graduate certificate in Loss and Bereavement from McGill University, where she has been teaching for the past 20 years.
Corrie has worked in the Montreal community for over two decades developing and facilitating psychosocial prevention and intervention programs for individuals, groups, families and children.
She is a well known and seasoned guest speaker, having presented at numerous workshops and conferences across Canada and the United States. She has been interviewed by many local radio and TV programs on a variety of topics including child development, bullying, Internet awareness, effective communications and loss & bereavement. Learn more about our professional counselling services.
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