26 May

Research has shown that workers spend most of their time between work and at home. This means that when we get home, working is one thing that most people do not want to do instead, we want to spend time with our loved ones and do other things. 

But what happens when you have a backlog of work? You are now forced to work extra hours even when you get home. This is where time management comes in.

What is time management?

Time management is all about using your time in the best and most efficient way so that you can get a lot done within a certain time frame. This includes proper planning and prioritizing which makes these qualities good time management skills. Managing yourself and work within a practical time frame without delaying self-progress and other responsibilities that may need your attention.

UASA has a few tips on how you can manage your time efficiently in the workplace.

Below are a few advantages of efficient time management:

  • Ensures proper planning and prioritization.
  • Reduces pressure and clutter.
  • Allows you the opportunity to deliver quality work and in time.
  • Ensures punctuality and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Allocation of the right resources to the right projects or initiatives.

What contributes to bad time management?

Procrastination – by procrastinating one usually puts things on hold including things that are important and do things that are less productive instead. The negative thing about procrastination is that it will add pressure to your workload.

Not everything is a priority – learn to prioritize and allocate your work according to important work moving down to less important work. Set clear timelines according to work that need to be done and if there is room for delegating work, you can always pass on manageable tasks to junior staff.

Don’t do everything yourself – be honest with yourself in terms of capacity and the amount of work that you can handle at a given time. Trying to be everywhere and doing everything can result in work stress as you are unable to cope with the workload.

Don’t promise what you can’t deliver – the negative impact of this approach is that you may find yourself feeling bad if you cannot deliver as promised and at the same time you have let people down. Rather be honest about what you can do and what you cannot do at any particular time.

In this modern, fast-paced, and demanding world of work of today, time management is critical to surviving in the workplace. By adopting simple, easy-to-learn habits and approaches you can become more effective in doing your job. Developing a plan that allows you to finish as much as possible in the shortest space of time and reduce pressure and stress, will make your life and job more enjoyable and manageable.

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