Time Management

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Time Management is the control and focus of a person’s actions for the purpose of improving efficiency.

Time management techniques typically involve setting goals, establishing priorities, budgeting the amount of time allotted to a given activity, and planning and scheduling the steps needed to achieve goals.

Generally, time management refers to the development of processes and tools that increase efficiency and productivity.

When we think of time management, we tend to think of personal time management, loosely defined as managing our time to waste less time on doing the things we have to do so we have more time to do the things that we want to do.

Therefore, time management is often thought of or presented as a set of time
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It is, therefore, essential to plan one’s work and that of the subordinates in an efficient manner and also identify ‘Time Wasters’ and make efforts to eliminate/reduce them. Examples of Time Wasters are:

(i) In fructuous meetings

(ii) Poor communication

(iii) Unwanted visitors

(iv) Disorganised work

The basic cause of time wastage at work can be classified as follows:

(a) Over-staffing is common cause of wastage of time. Since most of the people do not have clearly defined work for the whole day, they often obstruct each other and create unnecessary problems.

(b) Time is wasted on account of faulty organisation of work. Work is not planned sufficiently in advance.

(c) There is enormous wastage of time and effort due to various meetings often at various locations, which are not properly directed and drag on endlessly.

(d) Time is often wasted because the relevant information is not readily available or the information available is inaccurate. Similarly collection, storage and distribution of unnecessary information is wasteful.

Though one has to evolve one’s own technique of time management depending on the circumstances, the three cardinal principles are:

(a) Span of Attention:

There is a natural limit to how long one can concentrate on a particular activity or task. This is called span of attention.

(b) Provisions of time in adequate chunks:

If any

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