Everyone knows immediately what is meant by time management. But the term is misleading, because we cannot manage time. It always stays the same: a day has 24 hours. But we can and must manage our use of the time we have. In that sense, when we say time management, we are really talking about self-management.
What is my aim with time management?
Our digital everyday is full of inventions that make our work and processes faster. They are so effective that we can do much more in one hour than our grandparents managed 50 years ago.
This phenomenon of condensed time leads to stress. And lasting stress is not healthy. That is why improved time management skills are worthwhile. We want to exhaust our list of important tasks without feeling exhausted ourselves at the end of the day. We also make a better job of achieving personal goals when we consciously take time to do so, i.e. make better use of our time.
What are the prerequisites for my time management?
Time management takes time. It sounds paradoxical, but if you want to make better use of your time, you need to invest time in the process. A little bit every day, to become aware of what to do and what not to do. A pen and paper and a watch, or in digital life a notebook and/or an app for time measurement, are helpful.
However, managing time is also a matter of discipline. Even the best tips are no help if we do not use them repeatedly and stick with it every day until it becomes internalised and a matter of course…