The Value Of Time And How To Manage It

Written by Olivia Foster

21 | 07 | 21

It goes without saying that time is a valuable resource. As deadlines are pending and goals are set, it can often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day, which is why time management is such an important part of our professional and personal development.

However, when we have both personal and professional obligations, it can be a struggle to work out what to prioritise and how to give each task the attention it requires. But when we effectively manage our time, we can take control of our to-do lists. Efficient time management has a lot of positives, whether that be increased productivity, less stress, or more professional opportunities to advance!

But how can we effectively manage our time? Here’s a few tips to help you organise your time:

1. Know When You Are Most Productive

As you work, it is likely that you can identify a period of time in which you work most effectively. You could be a morning person or an evening person, but identifying your most productive time of day can help you devise a more constructive schedule by allocating your most important tasks to your most productive time of day. By giving your prioritised tasks that productive period, it becomes more likely that you will make significant progress and as a result, have more time to tick off all the other items on your to-do list.

2. Make Time For YOU!

Whilst it is important to acknowledge your most productive hours of the day, it is just as important, if not more so, to ensure you are making time to rest and practise self-care. When you effectively manage your time, with schedules and organised plans, the chances of feeling burnt out are lessened, but that does not make scheduling time for rest any less necessary. Scheduling time to engage with hobbies or relax on the sofa is effective time management in itself, and it will undoubtedly improve your motivation by giving you the rest you need to apply yourself to your work and give it your best effort. It is important to remember that you don’t need to chain yourself to your desk!

3. Make Your Own Deadlines!

It can be extremely useful to look to the future and set your own deadlines that precede the official end date. By setting your own deadlines for a week or two before you are required to finish, you will then have sufficient time to deal with any potential issues and make amendments that improve the overall quality of your work. Incorporating this into your schedule will allow you to be ahead of the game and reduce the stress that comes with impending deadlines. Future you will be grateful for the foresight you had when you put together your schedule!

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