Leadership Skills : What is It and Why Do You Need It?

Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always rushing from task to task, and never seem to finish anything?
Time management is the ability to use your time productively and efficiently. You could also think of it as the art of having time to do everything that you need, without feeling stressed about it. It sounds simple, but it is much harder in practice. This page explains some of the principles behind good time management.

The Importance of Time Management

Time management skills are essential because few, if any, of us ever have enough time to do everything that is asked of us, or that we want to do.

Time management is defined as using your time productively and efficiently—but what about when you are working as productively as possible, and you still can’t get everything done? It may be better to think about time management as a combination of working productively and prioritising your time.

In other words, people who are good at time management are good at getting on and doing things. They are also, however, better at prioritising, and working out what really needs doing—and then discarding the other things.

They can do this because they understand the difference between urgent and important.

  • Urgent’ tasks demand your immediate attention, but whether you actually give them that attention may or may not matter.

  • ‘Important’ tasks matter, and not doing them may have serious consequences for you or others.

Further Principles of Good Time Management

The priority matrix is therefore key to prioritising your workload. However, time management is more than just prioritisation: it is also about being able to work more productively. There are a number of other ways in which you can improve your efficiency and productivity.

  • Use A ‘To Do’ List
  • Keep Tidy
  • Pick Your Moment
  • Don’t Procrastinate, but Do Ask Why You’re Tempted
  • Don’t Try to Multi-task