How Time Management Leads To Success
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Finding time to do your job effectively is like finding a lost item in a house — you have to make space for it, look for it, organize around it, and eventually, you will find it.
Time is a valuable asset that most people don’t value enough. We often times get distracted by things outside of work and then we try to squeeze in our jobs into an already packed schedule. It’s difficult to prioritize time because there just aren’t any left.
A lot of people struggle with this. In fact, some feel overwhelmed due to all the stuff they have to do and how little time they have. This perception creates more stress and doesn’t help them be more productive.
There are several ways to manage your time but one of the most effective ones is using a tool called time management. Just like with other organizational tools, time management can be adapted to fit anyone’s lifestyle.
This article will talk about some benefits of time management, strategies for making changes, and examples of time management apps.
S.M.A.R.T. time management
The easiest way to manage your time is by using something called S.M.A.R.T. time management. This acronym stands for: situation, task, activity, result, timing.
In theory, you can apply this to any area of life, but it’s especially helpful when it comes to managing your work-work schedule. It will help you identify what tasks are most important and which ones can be left in the past or done in another setting.
The hardest part about time management is creating an efficient system that works for you. Once you have that, you can focus on moving things around to make room for more productive times and get even more out of each hour.
Multitasking is the devil
We’ve all done it before – we start working on one project and suddenly there are several more projects that need our attention.
That’s when the temptation arises: we can either focus on one thing, which takes time, or we can do some quick tasks, which don’t take too long but still feel like they’re enough to distract us from what we were doing earlier.
The problem with this approach is twofold. First, it doesn’t work. A few minutes here and there may seem like a good idea at the time, but the effect becomes null and void as soon as you run out of things to do. You made a choice to put in that time, so now you have to make yourself stick to your word.
Second, even if you manage to avoid distractions until you’ve completed each task, you’ve still got another task left! This way of thinking creates an endless cycle that keeps you busy, but never getting anything done.
Multitasking is the devil (revisited)
A lot of people think that being a busy, productive person means doing as many things as possible at once. That’s not true at all!
It will only hurt you in the long run.
That way of working can actually be detrimental to your success in life. Why? Because it doesn’t work!
You see, when you try to do too much, you start feeling overwhelmed and distracted. You may even start forgetting or skipping tasks completely because there’s just no time left for them.
This can have disastrous effects on your career and personal relationships. It also makes it harder to achieve your goals, since you’ll probably fail to focus on one project for enough amount of time to complete it.
The more projects you have going, the less likely you are to finish any of them. This could potentially cost you money if you want to get serious about investing or starting a business.
Time is something we don’t really have a limitless supply of. If you feel like you’ve got nothing done, take a moment to evaluate what you were planning to do earlier in the day and assess whether those plans made sense.
A lot of people think that being successful takes all the time, but it doesn’t. If you are really willing to put in the effort then success will come to you.
Success comes down to two things: how well you manage your time and how hard you work.
Time is one of the most important resources we have as human beings. As such, we should be careful about wasting it.
By ‘wasting’ our time, I mean spending it on activities that don’t help us achieve our goals. This could include watching TV for hours or surfing the net for junk food.
Think about it- would you rather spend half an hour reading this article or watching three episodes of Your Stupid Life?
Now, let’s look at what makes someone more likely to succeed. More than half of all millionaires consistently say they make a difference by organizing their daily life and schedule effectively.
This means managing your time! And not just any time, smart time. You want to focus on the right things and keep yourself focused on achieving your goal.
Work on your work-life balance
One of the biggest reasons why people get overwhelmed and stressed out about their jobs is because they spend too much time at work.
People who are more productive leave some time for other things in their lives, which helps them feel relaxed and focused when they return from work.
If you want to be happier at work, learn how to manage your time so that you can achieve this. You should try to prioritize early in the day so that you do not have to waste time re-organizing and backtracking later on.
Also, make sure to keep good relationships with colleagues, family members, and friends outside of work so that you do not overstress yourself.
Hire a manager
In fact, having a team of people that are working effectively under your leadership is one of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur.
As a business owner, you will inevitably encounter situations where someone else in your organization doesn’t seem to be pulling their weight or there’s a lack of consistency in how they perform their job.
It could be due to personal issues like missing work because they don’t show up, it might be due to professional development reasons (they’re not practicing what they teach), or maybe they just aren’t performing their own duties well enough so that other employees have to pick up their slack.
Whatever the case may be, this isn’t a situation you want to put yourself in. It’ll probably end badly for you if you don’t take action soon!
As a leader, you need to make sure that everyone around you is performing their jobs efficiently and consistently – otherwise, someone will eventually get the axe when you find out about it.
That would be bad for your career and reputation as a leader. So, before that happens, you must address the issue and fix it immediately.
By hiring a new staff member or two, you’ll have more time to focus on growing Your Business. Plus, you’ll feel happier since you won’t have to deal with all these problems yourself.
Hire a personal assistant
Being able to manage your time is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner or professional worker. It will make a big difference in how successful you are!
Time is a valuable asset that everyone has, but some people seem to waste all of their available time on non-productive activities. They spend hours every day doing things like watching TV, surfing the net, talking on the phone, eating, sleeping, etc. – without really working on anything. This is a bad thing to be if you want to succeed and grow.
If you're someone who spends lots of time on these types of activities, it's very easy to get distracted and not accomplish much during the rest of your daily workday. You may even start falling behind at your current job because you don't have enough time to complete your assignments!
It's very difficult to retain focus when you're spending large amounts of time being unproductively busy. This is why having good time management skills is so crucial. If you notice yourself becoming too busy, you should consider hiring a PA (personal assistant). This person would be responsible for organizing your schedule, finding time to do what you need to do, keeping you focused, and more.
But before you hire anyone, you must first determine whether or not you truly deserve such a responsibility. Only then can you properly evaluate if this individual is the right fit for you.
Be a better listener
As we know, being a good leader is more than just giving orders and expecting people to follow them. It’s about motivating others to do what you want done, educating them on how to accomplish those tasks, and helping them feel like they are part of the team even if only for a short time.
One crucial element in becoming a great leader is listening. Leaders must be able to listen to someone else’s ideas and thoughts without interrupting or taking over the conversation.
They have to pay close attention while at the same time interjecting when appropriate and formulating responses and questions. All of this happens while keeping a calm demeanor and focusing on non-discussion points such as asking clarifying questions or confirming statements that were made.
In an age where technology makes it easy to disappear and isolate yourself from other people, leadership students will need to understand how to use silence as a tool.