A problem in my day-to-day life that I would like to solve is Time Management. I would like to improve my skills, and create an effective time management schedule, because no one wants to feel like they didn’t use their time effectively. One thing we all could agree on is that the resource of time is available equally to each individual. We all have the same 24 hours per day available to us, and the challenge is to use this time sufficiently on a daily basis. Working professionals of today are finding it harder to manage their time with balancing their duties at work, school, and personal lives.
It takes a number of things to do, to be able to manage one’s time effectively. In my developing a research strategy to finding solutions to my time management problem I started by researching in the University of Phoenix Online Library. I used the key words “effective time management skills” where there were thousands of different articles to read, and of course I couldn’t go through all of them, but I did manage to read quite a few different ones.
There was one particular journal that I read, and what stuck out the most was this sentence. The underlying theme of time management is the notion of efficiency, that time can be allocated in a way that optimizes the returns of goal achievement. (McFadden, K. , & Dart, J. (1992, November).
Time management skills of undergraduate business students. Journal of Education for Business, 68(2), 84. Retrieved August 8, 2009, from Professional Development Collection database). I had to stop and really think about what it was that sentence was saying to me, and how it could help me further with my evaluations.
It say’s to me that if you are efficient and maintain a way to use your time so that you are productive, in return you will achieve your goals. Effective Time Management I also went back and re-read (Chapter 1 from our text Keys to College Studying). There I obtained information that I found valid, and could consider using as a solution to my time management problems. I believe that time management takes discipline, reasoning so that it minimizes stress, evaluation, prioritizing, and knowing yourself. Discipline is needed to keep yourself on track of goals, and goals are needed to help evaluate where time will be used.
That brings us to prioritizing, which is the most important one of all. How to prioritize what is needed to get done, and this is done by putting your tasks into order of importance. If you know yourself, then you know what will push you, and keep you on top of your goals, because you have to have self discipline. That way you can reflect on yourself and evaluate where your weaknesses are, and where you can start to improve them. In order for me to stay on track, and manage my time effectively I use a daily planner with a to- do- list. These were recommended tools to use from reading (Chapter 1 from our text Keys to College Studying).
I started implementing the use of the daily planner and to-do-list in this course, and found that they help me to prioritize my tasks at hand, and stay disciplined. The to-do-list also helps me to know where I am at with my goals, and I find that things don’t become overwhelming because everything is mapped out, and that helps to minimize the stress. Life is complicated enough, and stress just seems to add to it, so I like to be more in control of how my time is being managed. People want to feel successful in Life, Career and Family, and in order to do so, there must be a balance.
Time management skills are an essential part of creating a balance between these things, and in order to be successful. Can you get the tasks done at work that are expected of you, Effective Time Management and feel confident in doing so, can you also manage enough time to spend with your family, and by doing that and more, you will feel successful in life. It all comes down to Time Management, and how efficiently it is used in order to obtain one’s goals. It is not easy, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of working professionals that are balancing a successful career, a well balanced marriage and family on a daily basis.
So, we know it is possible, it just takes discipline, reasoning, evaluation, prioritization and knowing yourself, then bringing it all together to create a balance.
- McFadden, K. , & Dart, J. (1992, November). Time management skills of undergraduate business students. Journal of Education for Business, 68(2), 84.
- Leach, R. (1980, March). Finding Time You Never Knew You Had. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 6(1), 4-8.