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