Work performance management "Time management" happens to be one of the most valuable skills with which you are proactive instead of being reactive. By being reactive, we are resigned to the thought that whatever we do in the present can have no effect on the circumstances. Proactive people on the other hand don't accept that nothing can be done about a situation being at work or in personal life, they look for options, for more choices regardless whether they particularly like them or not. The point is that THERE ARE always other options, whether we are prepared to take them is another matter. Having more options takes away the frustrations feelings of being stuck and start our internal thought in a virtuous spiral of new beliefs. The decisions we make, how we respond to others, to events and circumstances will have a deep impact on our future and this is how proactive people choose to do. It's very important to understand that although we may not have total control over what life throws at us, we ALWAYS have a choice about how we decide to respond to it. What has this to do with "Time Management"? The need for "Time Management" rises not only from the will of becoming more organized, but deep inside there is a desire of having things under control to reduce stress, preventing problems and crises hence avoiding Burn-out. The ultimate benefits of a good "Time Management" is a sense of confidence in ourselves, that we have the vision of the future so that we can prevent to a certain extent things that may be happening so to reduce potential crisis. We are in a position of future planning, we have to dedicate to relationships building and to recognise new opportunities as we are not dealing with crisis, problems and deadlines all of our time or trivial time waster. In the absence of good "time management" skills, the majority of these things will never be accomplished leaving a sense of frustration, disillusionment that we can't really achieve what we want, loss of self-esteem and confidence as we feel that maybe our job may be at risk or that our life is overwhelming, leading to stress and a sense of failure. The tendency to procrastinate thinking that there is always more time, finding excuses why we haven't done our tasks, build eventually more and more to do until things become overwhelming adding to the pressure. This will also have an impact on our relationships with family and friends for missed appointments or for our overreactions at time caused by our internal thought process and feelings. Having painted all this, there is light at the end, you can be perfectly successful in business as in life by practicing Time Management strategies. One of the very simple tools is to create a daily "To Do" list and prioritise the tasks in order of importance. This is as valuable at work as it is in your daily life and will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, will build your success and self-confidence. The reason for having a written one instead than something in your head is so that you can have more space for other more important tasks in your head ensuring that nothing will be forgotten and as a valuable measuring tool that will help you see where you are spending the majority of your time, leaving you a greater management of your tasks and time. The ability of managing your time and your tasks will help you in putting your life in perspective as well as helping you reduce the risk of stress associated with the feeling of accomplishing little or nothing. You can have the most sophisticated tools such as software or planners, but all you need is a piece of paper for your lists first and another one for prioritizing them. One of the best is taken from Stephen Covey's book The 7 habits of Highly effective People. TIME MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES IMPORTANT AND URGENT ACTIVITIES such as: Crises, Pressing Problems, Deadline-driven projects IMPORTANT AND NON URGENT ACTIVITIES such as:Prevention, capability improvement; Relationship building; Recognising new opportunities; Planning, recreation NOT IMPORTANT BUT URGENT ACTIVITIES such as:Interruptions, some callers; Some mail, some reports; Some meetings; Proximate, pressing matters; Popular activities NOT IMPORTANT AND NON URGENT ACTIVITIES such as:Trivia, busy work; Some mail,; Some phone calls; Time wasters; Pleasant activities Remember to schedule important events in your life as well as leisure time. The above planner will help you determine your priorities and assign a time barrier to all the tasks you need/want to accomplish that are important. http://performanceappraisalebooks.info/ : Over 200 ebooks, templates, forms for performance appraisal.
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