‘When talking about time management, it seems that there is never enough time in the day. But, since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? Yes, today in this article, we are going to learn how to manage time and its benefits for children, students, adults and in the workplace.’
Time Management Definition
Aristotle once said “Time is the most unknown of all unknown things.” Time is the progression of events from past into the future while management is the “art of getting things done through others and with formally organized groups.” Together, time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. It is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially on increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity.
As mentioned earlier, we all get the same 24 hours, however why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? In short the answer lies in good time management. Good time management enables us to work in a smart way rather than the hard way leading to more work in less time. As more and more people are multitasking, they become busy but their work effectiveness decreases. In a nutshell, good time management means putting all of our attention in one work due to which we accomplish more in a shorter period of time. By doing so, we can utilize our time and we get free time to do various things like learning new things, experiencing new opportunities and reduce stress. Improved efficiency and productivity, lower stress and more success could all be achieved by proper time management.
Time management for children
Children are the human beings below the age of 18 years. They cannot identify right and wrong and are in the face of learning. In this stage the knowledge of time management is very essential for them. It develops the thinking skills that helps children to prioritize tasks and calculate the time needed to complete them. At home, time management skills helps kids to complete household duties or chores in a timely fashion. If they learn chores like putting clothes on the clothes hooks, set placemats on the dinner table, feeding pets, watering the garden etc, they can use it in their adult lives. When children helps out, chores get done sooner, and parents have less to do, which saves time. Thus, if the knowledge of time management is provided to children, they will be well prepared for adult lives. It is one of the habit or discipline that we must teach to our children. It is as important to children as it is to adult.
Time management for students
In the school days, you might also have tried to manage time by making routines and by watching motivational videos because by that time we were generally aware about the importance of time. It is vital to students also. Good time management skills help students prioritize tasks so they are able to complete school work and assignment on time. In addition, they get more time preparing for upcoming exams, more time socializing and adequate time for refreshment. The only difference between intelligent student and average student is that intelligent student manages time and they become fully prepared for upcoming exams. Some of the benefits of time management to students are:
Complete work on time
If a student allocates his/her leisure time to different task, they can manage their workload in an effective way. Many students make different routines or schedules to spend their time in learning something or gaining something and to complete their work. Thus, you can easily complete your work on time if you manage your time well.
More opportunities and career growth
Every teacher loves the student who completes his/her task on time, who is punctual in the school and who obeys them. As it is already explained that good time management helps to complete work on time, it creates good image in front of teacher which brings more opportunities (good marks in exam, class monitor, class representative, etc) and helps in career growth.
Managing time is a good discipline that should be taught from children level. If we practice more and more to manage time than we never wait for tomorrow due to which we will not have time to waste in useless matters which helps us to learn self discipline.
Time management for adults
Life is uncertain. There are various stages in our life like childhood, adulthood and old age. The importance of time is very essential in adulthood stage of life. In this stage we might have a lot of stamina and money but we lack time. In this stage, we follow our dream, we follow our heart and make our carrier. But, time is limited and we must do many things at the same time. Thus, time management is very essential for adults. Some of the benefits of time management in this stage are:
The meaning of time management is not only doing more in less time but also to reduce urge to delay the task. Time management helps to reduce procrastination because, if we follow the to-do list that we are willing to do then we can complete it in estimated time which saves time.
Less stress and anxiety
There are times when adults feel overwhelmed due to too various reasons. This can not only hamper their physical but also take a toll on their overall health. Excessive stress and hypertension can lead to heart diseases, depression, obesity and more. Knowing what to do and when to do, we can reduce unnecessary stress and tensions from our life.
More time for leisure and recreation
Do you remember, the last time you had for yourself? If yes, you have managed time previously and if not you should manage time in order to get it because with good time management, we get more free time in our day to do our leisure work or work of interest.
Develops decision making ability
In order to manage or time, we must follow different tricks and process. Only then, we can manage our time. We have to take various decisions and sacrifice our leisure time in this process which develops our decision making ability.
Maintains good personal relationship
With good time management, you will save more time which you can give to friends and family and that helps to maintain good personal relationship. People will know you more and love you more if you spend more time with them.
Time management at Workplace
By properly managing your time, you’ll see a great number of benefits in the workplace such as:
Avoid financial penalties
If we allocate specific time for clearing all the bills and taxes then we will avoid financial penalties. But, if we don’t manage time for these things then we will forget it and have to pay more financial penalties. Thus, time management helps to avoid financial penalties.
No more missing deadlines and appointments
Human life has become very busy. They forget about the deadlines and next appointments. But, if we allocate specific time to schedule these events, then we can get notifications or alert of these events which will help us from missing deadlines and appointments. For that we must start and end at right time.
Focus more and procrastinate less
When we make schedule of deadlines and appointment, we will focus completing the task of schedule on time. Once we start following schedule then there will be less procrastination. Thus, time management helps to focus more and procrastinate less.
Avoid unwanted stress
Once we have all your tasks laid out, we’ll need to finish each of them. We will fully focus on tasks and appointments which will block unwanted thoughts from coming in mind. We will be mentally prepared to complete the upcoming task once we start following time management which will reduce unwanted stress.
Maintain better work and life balance
Once we start practicing time management process, we will maintain better work life and personal life. Successful people treat time as a very valuable resource for them. To maintain pace with the changing dynamic world, self management is essential in work life and personal life and self management is possible only with time management.
Time management is not only about time but about priority and schedule management as well. It is the process of managing where you want to go and how to get there in an efficient manner. When you and your profession combine only in one direction and focus on priorities and scheduling time will optimize itself. For time management to be effective first you must have a goal. Without goal you will not get anything and you will not go anywhere. If you save time but didn’t achieve priority than you will get nothing. For example, if you have to go to the east but you are travelling to the west than you will gain nothing.
In other words, you’ll need to stop wasting your time and start using time wisely. But the question is how time managed are you? Are you managing your time properly? If yes, congratulation you are walking on right path, if not, start from today. It’s never too late. But also remember, “Time and tides waits for none.” Stay safe, stay healthy and take care.