There’s a way to understanding time management. One reason why it’s something you just can’t seem to squeeze into your system is probably that you don’t quite understand what it really is. Don’t worry, that’s commonly the case. People fail to embody an idea or even a practice simply because they fail to fully grasp what it truly means, and how it applies to practical life.
We want you to get down to the nitty-gritty of it, let’s start with the basics.
Understanding Time Management: What It Is?
If you Google the term, you’ll easily find hundreds, if not thousands of the definition of time management, all of them saying the same thing. Time management is the practice of creating arranged and organized systems of handling specific day to day tasks, for the purpose of productiveness and effectiveness.
Okay, let’s try to take away the jargon and simplify that even more. In everyday language, it’s a way to organize your daily activities so that you become more productive as you accomplish them, and in shorter amounts of time if possible. Oh and believe us when we say that doing things in a more productive manner can be possible even in a shorter amount of time!
Therefore, before we get into the “whys” of giving a tad of your attention to time management, maybe we should shed light on some myths regarding it.
Time Management Myths (We’re Sure You’ve Thought This Way At Some Point, Too)
Time management isn’t a solution to making sure you do your tasks and finish them with flying colors. Yes, that pun was intended, to equate said myth to one of an elementary definition. You see, this is why people tend to give up when it comes to creating a plan for their busy schedules and to-dos, whether at home or at the office.
No Magic In Understanding Time Management
Folks out there have believed in the notion that having an organized schedule is what will solve their problems regarding their, to put it simply, schedules. Repetitive, we know, but it’s true. As if coming up with detail-oriented schedules complete with pop-ups and glitter is the way to suddenly make you a time handler master.
Those techniques and visual aids are helpful. They definitely are. There’s no doubt that the hammer I’m driving the nail down with is that you can’t fix the way you handle time with a snap. Not with a magic wand. Not with a device or even more realistically, wisely-devised weekly plan.
They’re merely the Scooby Snacks to Scooby-Doo. You’re Scooby-Doo. You’ll be doing the grinding and powering down. The Scooby Snacks are there to aid you. Give you that shove to get you started and keep you on track.
Different Techniques For Different People, Different Schedules
There’s no one technique that works for everybody. In fact, if you’ve done your research there’s an abundance of them out there. Waiting to be read and tested. In the same manner, I can’t say that his one technique works better than the other. It may, for me, but you’ll be experiencing it differently.
You’re you. You have your own preferences and coping mechanisms. You have a schedule different from mine. Additionally, tasks that are tailored to your profession. Also your personality and manner of response to stimuli, they’re different too.
Your Next Step? Your Move
Thus, it would be unfair of me to tell you that the technique I’m currently using is the technique for you. Try them out, or to give a more helpful tip, pick one, try it out and stick to it for a time. If it works, then well and good. If you think it’s not exactly for you, test out another one.
Moreover, you really can’t out yourself now. You’ve come to terms of accepting you need positive changes in the way you handle time. Plus, hopefully, with the help of this post (and others), you have a clearer understanding of what time management is and should mean to you.
The next step is to take action.