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Time Management and Its Effects on Quality of Life


Time Management and Its Effects on Quality of Life

Of all the elements everyone has to work with, none is more precious than time. Time is extremely important in everyone’s life, it helps people to organize and structure their daily activities. No one can escape the passing of time. All of the people are subjected to aging and mortality. Time plays a significant role in everyone’s life. One can gain experience and develop skills over time, moreover, time also helps to heal things whether external wounds or feelings. Time is the ultimate measure. Activities when performed on time will be fruitful and results will be great. Time management itself refers to managing time effectively so that the right time is allocated to the right activity. And effective time management allows individuals to assign specific time slots to activities as per their importance. Besides, it helps to make the best use of time as time is always limited. Further, time management improves the decision making ability. A great way of doing this can be planning one’s course of action. This will reduce the pressure of work and will untangle all the threads. When one feels pressed for time and has to make decisions, he is more likely to jump to conclusions without fully considering every option, threats and benefits associated with each option. That might lead to poor decision making which eventually end up in wasted time and resources. And time is something that one can lose and never gets back.
People always wish that they had more hours available in the day. The solution to this common problem is easier that one might realize. With a few minor adjustments in how one should utilize his time he can manage his time. Proper time management is something that can change a person’s life on a fundamental basis for the better. Time management refers to numerous techniques and skills that can help a person to make use of the available time in the most efficient way and to accomplish goals, tasks and projects within the prearranged period of time. Time management skills vary from, but are not limited to, prioritizing tasks, scheduling, organizing and the delegation of functions. However, it also includes an analysis of the time spend for different activities as well as close monitoring that allows one to improve his time management skills. An individual that applies time management techniques can improve his productivity, which allows this person to get more work done within shorter amount of time. It allows people to take control over their professional as well as personal life, as it helps them to know what needs to be done and what goals need to be accomplished on a daily basis. Effective time management can be a true advantage for an employee as it allows him meet deadlines of projects without having to delay the completion of it. It has to be said that time management plays a significant role in every walks of life and one should manage his time so that he gets prodigious results from his life which is success and happiness.
Every daily cycle consists of a twenty-four hour period. This is one of those things that is what it is and cannot be changed. Even though one cannot control time, but one can control how the time he/ she is used. This realization is the first step to being effectively in one’s own time management. It is important to take stock in what is vital in someone’s daily life and focus on allocating time for those things. And the things which are unimportant must be eliminated. Developing skills to effectively manage one’s time will bring forth progresses to one’s life on a dramatic scale. One must be accepting to making fundamental changes. A person has to learn to prioritize and take things one step at a time. Chances for failure increase when one take on more than he can handle or when he take on too much at one time. Developing time management skills will also help a person get to know himself a little better. As people age, it becomes much easier to lose track of important things in their life. The first thing one should do is to get in touch with what it is he wants to accomplish from his life. This is the point where one locates his vision. When people are young, they believe that anything is possible. One should think back to his younger days and remember how he envisioned his life at that time. It is likely that many of his priorities have changed since then, but some off the core ones will have remained the same.
By picking something big and something small and after he has decided on what those things are, then he should take steps to formulate a plan that can set him on a path to achieving those things. Completing one step toward each goal is an excellent start.
People who are successful in life are those who use their time intelligently and do their work on time without wasting it at all.
In brief, proper utilization of time usually determines the difference between success and failure. Out of the daily twenty-four hours, only a few are utilized for work purposes. Therefore, the problem becomes one of what to do within that limited time. Making use of every minute is important for the achievement of work economically and at the right time. Since time always passes at a fixed and constant speed, one has to care for the time allocated to him. The amount of time, daily, monthly, yearly, is the same for all. However, the sheer amount of time is not more important than how to manage the time available to people. Effective time management can result in better utilization and more achievements.

Ahmad Shah Karimi is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at ahmadshah.karimi12@gmail.com

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