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Unformatted text preview: Running head: TIME MANAGEMENT 1 Time Management Author’s Name: Institutional Affiliation: TIME MANAGEMENT 2 Time Management Introduction Time management as a concept has been associated with numerous ambiguities, leading to the lack of a single definition that can be used to quantify the concept. No only inference to time can capture the full definition of the concept of time management. The concept involves the process of planning and allocating conscious control over the amount of time taken in a particular activity. The concept has been applied over time to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity. With the primary goal being time maximization, the common benefit is to complete a set of activities within a given timeframe. What the theme discusses in this paper is that of time management, giving a background check on research done on time management. Also included is a recommendation on time management. The Concept of Time To understand how to manage time, various scholars have advanced that understanding the concept of time is key. Becker and Mustric (2008), categorized time into quantitative and qualitative. Quantitatively, it is measured in quantities counted as seconds, days, weeks, months and years while on the other hand, qualitatively, there is a close association with the meaning of the activity the time is spent on. When various factors, including planning skills, organization, administration, and control are put to play, the concept of time management is highlighted. The concept is of most importance in many spheres of life including health, resource management and utilization of skill. For an individual, time management is the best single way of achieving TIME MANAGEMENT 3 personal and work related objectives. The evaluation of time management behavior forms the basis of most time management research. Importance of Time Management Understanding that time management is not about creating time but more of giving the best value for the use of available time, the best time management skills are imperative. Research by Mancini (2007), shows there are reduced levels of stress and frustration when we manage our time more effectively and efficiently. The concept of time management is thus a function of selfdiscipline, planning, and commitment to completing a given task. Additional advantages include more productivity and energy to complete tasks, fewer stress levels and ability to pursue personal interest (Green and Skinner, 2005). In management, a good time manager gets to accomplish tasks on time and in the long run efficiently manage the subordinates working under them. There is also a more positive relation with others and self-confidence (Brott, 2008). Principles of Time Management Most people tend to improve time management as a skill. Some of the most important factors to consider as principles of time management include having a hierarchy of needs. Here, there is the understanding of what is most important and what needs are less important compared to others. This principle highlights the need to have a balance in time management and prioritization. Secondly, as a principle, effectiveness and efficiency advocate for getting more done in the right way under a given period. Since time as a resource is limited, effectiveness and efficiencies ensure that the tasks assigned are completed at a given moment in time. For businesses, time management is a good principle when it comes to how the company is managed. Essential techniques in business under time management will help meet deadlines, recruit new TIME MANAGEMENT clients, open new opportunities and even increase sales. The last principle is the motivation factor associated with time management. Proper time management is a source of motivation to workers and staff. Through this, one exhibits self-confidence in what they do as well as increase productivity since they have mastered the core principles in managing the little time they have. 4 TIME MANAGEMENT 5 Recommendation Extensive research has been done on the concept of time management. The basic understanding that time passes and cannot be recovered has increased research into coming up with ideas that can help manage the little time one gets to complete tasks. Time management is a skill that can only be improved through continuous improvement of efficiencies and effectiveness in completing tasks. From the research, it is noted that the environmental factors play a role in effective time management. There is a need to be in a conducive environment for one to utilize time correctly. An effective time manager will identify places with reduced interruptions and eliminate unnecessary hindrances to completing the task at hand. Multitasking is also encouraged to have more done at the same time. The concept of multitasking works hand in hand with proper planning to ensure that every loophole to reducing efficiency is covered. Knowing when to multitask is also important as it enables one to identify the best task to take rather than spend a lot of time in doing less. Knowing when to multitask and when not to is a general concept in time management. Giving importance to tasks helps in making work easier as long as the appropriate skill is employed. Time management as a concept remains the most important skill one can acquire and constant improvement thus increases productivity, confidence, reduces stress levels and makes task management more effective and efficient. TIME MANAGEMENT 6 References Becker, H & Mustric, F. (2008) “Can I Have 5 Minutes of Your Time?” Morgan James Publishing Brott, R. (2008) “Successful Time Management: Be the Productive Person You Want to Be” ANC Book Publishing Green, P & Skinner, D. (2005) “Does time management training work? An evaluation” International Journal of Training and Development Volume 9, Issue 2, pp. 124 – 139 Mancini, M. (2007) “Time Management: 24 Techniques to Make Each Minute Work” McGrowHill ...
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