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Time Management

What Is Time Management?

Time management is the ability to plan and control how someone spends the hours in a day to effectively accomplish their goals. This involves juggling time between the domains of life—work, home, social life, hobbies. It is important to establish clear goals and priorities in order to set aside non-essential tasks that can eat up time, and to monitor where the time actually goes. 

In the 1970s, the ABC prioritization method was the rage. Any project or action item landing on the A list was deemed most important, with second most important items appearing on the B list, and C items marked as least important. Over time, various iterations of this formula floated through the zeitgeist. For example, the most unpleasant tasks wound up on the A list in order to get them out of the way. Today, the work landscape has changed somewhat, with more and more tasks landing on the "Most Important" list.

Take Control of Your Time

Poor time management can be related to procrastination, attention problems, or difficulties with self-control. To counter these behaviors, organizational psychologists promote the idea of setting up work environments that boost efficiency and productivity. An optimal surrounding that emphasizes a conducive work space is key. However, what this means varies from person to person; some  prefer a tidy desk while others thrive in a creative mess. Nowadays, it is critical to ensure that devices are turned off and email correspondence is limited. Deadlines are also imperative for some people, giving them a set period to complete a project at hand.

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