Evaluating Your Use of Time (ICP 102)

The principles of time management

In order to get control of your time, you need to be familiar with some basic ‎principles of time management:

Time ”goes” where you direct it. You are in control of your time.‎ Time management is about what we are able to accomplish with time.‎ Time management means breaking old habits and realizing that your habits are ‎usually the problem.‎ Time management can enhance your work experience if you are able to accomplish ‎your plan.‎

How can understanding my time benefit me?

There are several benefits to understanding your time:‎

Control stress:

Time management is stress prevention. Time management reduces stress because ‎you can meet deadlines, and you can work fewer hours with greater results.‎

Balance your life:

Working long hours and taking work home with you can harm the natural balance ‎you should have in your life. By learning to manage your time, you can do things you ‎want to do instead of spending all your time on work responsibilities.‎

Increase productivity:

Part of time management is determining how you spend your time. Once you ‎determine how you spend your time, you can modify your schedule to increase ‎productivity. For example, you may find that you waste time in meetings when a ‎group e-mail could address the issue just as well.‎

Identify priorities:‎

People who have the most trouble managing their time are those who do not know ‎what their priorities are or should be. Knowing your priorities helps you spend ‎valuable time where you need it most.‎

Accomplish goals:

One of the most important aspects of having a time management plan is setting ‎goals. Without goals, what you are working toward is unclear. Following your time ‎management plan increases your chances of accomplishing the goals you set

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