Do you manage your time easily? And how well you do it?
If you are like common people then your answer may be ambiguous. Perhaps you feel overburden, and you often have to work late to meet your deadlines. Your days may seem to go from one crisis to another, and this is disheartening and stressful.
Mostly people know that they could be managing their time more efficiently; but it can be hard to identify the mistakes that they’re making, and to know how they could improve. When we do manage our time well, however, we’re extraordinary productive at work, and our stress levels drop. We can devote time to the high-reward and interesting projects, which can make a real difference to a career. In short, we’re happier!
Muhammad Talha Khalid has been working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willingways since Feb, 2016. His education is M.S Clinical Psychology from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He did his M.Sc. Psychology from University of Sargodha with 3rd position in the university. He has successfully done two individually based projects which are, Non-Formal education program (Punjab Literacy Movement Project) for Clients of Substance Use & Manipulation of “Token Economy” system for “Behavior Modification” in Mian Afzal Trust Hospital.
Editor: Hameeda Batool
Let’s take an example; Asad is a young business man for whom time management courses are designed. From the outside he appears happy and successful, but from the inside he feels anxious and out of control. His work is an endless series of pressures, but he knows all about time management. He has many urgent projects and appointments. He never stops. It is not like that he doesn’t know a great deal about some techniques of time management. But he doesn’t understand the principles. Sometimes we get confused between personal management and time management. The important thing to consider is that “it is not the time which needs to be managed; it is our selves”.
Volumes of paper and long courses are devoted to time management. The simple rule is “spend your time doing those things you value or those things that help you achieve your goal”. But remember this is not an encouragement to selfishness. The idea is not that we should only do those things which are in our interests at the expense of others. Most of us would agree to spend a big part of our time involved in activities which are not relevant to our goals. Why is this? May be it is due to our weakness of will, laziness or inefficiency. These might be contributing factors. The most important single reason is being unclear about our values and our goals. This is the case with Asad. He is busy and works efficiently, but a great deal of the time he is doing things that do not contribute to his main goals.