Beating the Age-Old Issue of Time Management...
By Rebecca Allam
Throughout the month of September, we drew focus on the well-known issue that is time-saving, something we all struggle with in life and in business and continue to do so. We used the hashtag #TimeToManage in an attempt to remind you all how important it is to ensure you are re-visiting your time-saving techniques so you can make time for the important things in life and be kinder to ourselves.
One of the biggest problems with the idea of time management is the way we see it. Generally, time management is seen as managing the time we have per day, week, month or year, but as our quote over on the right suggests, it's not time you are managing, but yourself within time. Time is constant, there are always 24 hours in a day and 60 seconds in a minute. So, we really can't manage time at all, it's only ourselves and our own actions that we change within the time given to us that really counts. In order to get better at time-management, you need to get a better grip of managing yourself and learning when to say no and to prioritise the things that are most important to you!
You can give yourself a head start by planning for your tomorrow, today, or so the saying goes. So, where do you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time? Have you factored it into the things you are currently working on? We all know that you don't reach a goal overnight, you have to chip away at it minute by minute, month by month and year by year. If you never plan it in, it will most likely never happen!
The next most important step to remember when it comes to time management is to stick to the plan. Once you've made it, keep at it. Use tools to help you like a planner, online diary or CRM system, even a whiteboard works for some people. Whichever way it works for you, just do it. And if things change, that's life. Just get up and make a new one!
If you need support with time management we have plenty of templates we can share with you.