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The more time we spend planning and organising ourselves for efficiency the more effective we will be in carrying out the actual tasks
With so many time-saving technologies at our disposal to make things easier, you'd think we'd have freed up hours of spare time every day. But for most people – particularly those studying – this is not the case.
Time management is all about planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time we spend on specific activities with the aim of improving effectiveness, efficiency - and hopefully - results.
But a word of caution; we can't get too fixated on time management and miss out on the impromptu and relaxed parts of life that are unplanned. On the positive side, if we employ a few simple methods we can actually free up more time to do what we enjoy.
Create a time-effective work space and get rid of time wasters. This means no office clutter, distractions (mobile phones, Facebook, TV) or people who want you to do other things. Set some firm ground rules for yourself and stick to them. Don't let people make you feel guilty about your mission to succeed.
Now set clear priorities and goals. Procrastination is the biggest enemy of time efficiency. How many times have we found ourselves stressing about a big task, due soon? We spend time stressing about it, instead of doing it. We know this is counter-productive but we sometimes still do it.
It's vital to plan ahead and:-
The Pareto Principle, or 80/20 rule, tells us that 80% of our results should come from 20% of our work. This means, prioritising and planning. The more time we spend planning and organising ourselves for efficiency the more effective we will be in carrying out the actual tasks. Conversely, if we spend our time focusing on 80% of the stuff in our working or study life that's not really important we'll only get 20% real results.
This is an edited version of a post that was originally published on TAFEnow on 27 September 2013. TAFEnow is an Australia-wide online provider, operating out of North Coast TAFE, one of the 10 TAFE NSW Institutes. Enquiries can be directed to tafenow.com.au.