Published: 02nd November 2017
Not too good at sticking to the clock? Managing your time may be the best way to embrace growth and responsibility
Nicholas Francis tells us how time management is one of life's most important hacks, one that should be used more frequently
Time management, though it sounds simple, is never to be taken lightly as it could be a major factor that determines the success or failure of an individual in the academic, professional and social spheres. The manner in which an individual makes use of time decides the nature of their personality since managing time is equated to managing one’s own personality and life as well.
Today’s young generation is often found to be busy, yet in practical terms, they are wandering without accomplishing the necessities appropriate to their life. At the time of career counselling, I witnessed the stress among young graduates who are found wanting in certain areas of their academic and professional expectations. They feel let down and completely drained when surmounted with the task of accomplishing many skills and industry-oriented assignments within a given timeframe. There is always a tendency among those who are not very organised in life to ask for more time to complete their assignments, which is unhealthy in a professional arena. Those who are poor in making use of time at their disposal are considered to be less confident in life and, more importantly, are not very enthusiastic about success.
Time is so precious that once it has been spent, it can never be regained. There is no point in crying over spilt milk; rather it would be wise if one could learn how to prevent wastage of time which is at their disposal. It would be advisable if the youth, particularly young graduates, are oriented in time management techniques, which are nothing but common sense strategies to make them effective in their lifestyle.
Tick Tock: Person who is dependable to work within a timeframe to accomplish their tasks, assignments and responsibilities will automatically improve their self-esteem
The first and basic aspect is to not procrastinate. If there is a need to do things, now is always the best time. Procrastination will lead to indecisiveness in life, which makes them vulnerable to more failures. Secondly, maintaining a to-do list would be very helpful in prioritising daily tasks, so that one can be better organised. This could be a useful tool for everyone to construct their day, with productivity as the key.
Thirdly, one should develop the habit of always being punctual, particularly in academic, professional and social engagements. Being punctual is a very appreciable quality that will bring great admiration and respect for the individual, which, in turn, will increase their self-worth. Fourthly, students need to stay focused in their pursuit to develop themselves by steering clear of distractions. We are surrounded by time-wasting influences and we need to be conscious of the fact that we must overcome these distractions by focusing on our lives and our priorities.
Finally, a positive attitude is essential to meet deadlines, which is a very vital aspect that determines the personality of an individual. When a person is dependable to work within a timeframe to accomplish their tasks, assignments and responsibilities, it automatically improves their self-esteem and projects them as powerful personalities.
Learning to manage time and life in an organised manner will help young graduates and professionals to enjoy a stamp of greatness on their personality; this will enthuse and lead them towards excellence in life. For this to be a reality, one must realise that time management is not an option, but a necessity. With better management of time, an individual can be in a very advantageous position to set worthy goals in life and go about achieving the same with flair and not be drowned in a pool of stress.
(Nicholas Francis is a Human Resource mentor based in Madurai. He serves as a member on the Board of Studies of Social Work in many colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of various institutions)