It just amazes me the number of people that cannot keep track of time. Everybody from the CEO to the janitor is guilty of this. We are exposed to punctuality and time management at a very early age when we go to school, and are then reminded of its importance when we go to college/university as we juggle those deadlines for multiple projects and essays. At work, the situation gets even more pressing as we are subjected to the achievement of tough targets and deadlines as we strive to make that elusive profit.
The lack of effective time management is why most projects never get off the ground, and targets never met. Put simply, quite a lot of people out there in the world of work have a really poor grasp of time management. However, it need not be that way. If you think about it in real terms, managing one’s time effectively is all about organization and discipline. The best thing anybody can do for themselves is to break things down into small manageable parts. In order to make multitasking really work for you, you need to understand how to use it sensibly. Some research even points to multitasking actually holding you back. Don’t believe me, then just Google it. It is stated that multitasking makes it more difficult to focus on issues and you are less likely to come up with more creative and innovative ideas if your mind is on more than one task. However, I disagree with the research but do believe that multitasking can be refined. To make it work better, use checklists and to-do lists to help plan your day. I suggest tackling no more than three major tasks on any particular day and then number them in order of importance by tackling the most urgent first. So say if you have 15 tasks to be completed in a week, tackle tasks 3 at a time. That way you will keep track of time, meet your targets and keep your mind properly focused.