To work effectively you really have to manage your time. We all have our moments when we wonder what happened to the day and we seem to get nothing done but, in a business, time is money and every hour you spend at work costs your employer a lot of money.
Poor Time Management
Poor time management is usually shown by :
Getting less done than you expected
An inability to meet deadlines set by your line manager
Spending much longer on some part of the job and then having insufficient time to do the rest of the job.
Poor time management can be the result of time stealers such as:
Time wasting – you doing things which are not a priority
Not knowing what to do or how to start
Being unable to find the information you need to do the job
Interruptions by people – colleagues chatting and gossiping
Dealing with other peoples work – often the result of absence
Meetings going on longer than expected
Having little incentive to do well – poor motivation, work overload
Effects of poor time management
From the employers perspective poor time management skills result in:
Much of the time spent at work being wasted
Staff becoming demoralised as work becomes very routine and seems to serve no purpose
Work not progressing as fast as management
Good Time and Task Management Techniques
Some techniques which might help you improve how you manage your time.
Complete a to do list at the end of each day.
Try to prioritise your tasks.
Clear your desk at the end of each day.
Make sure you do the most difficult tasks in your prime time.