• lakshay khanna

Managing your Time

We always start our work with the full force of motivation but oftentimes, we just end up wasting most of the time available. We either procrastinate or put things off due to some other piece of work that is not linked to the one that we should be doing.

Due to poor management of time, we feel overwhelmed at certain times and hence it affects our efficiency. Therefore, we end up nowhere but struggling to fill up the space created by poor practices.

There are certain ways by which we can effectively get things done in time and devote the rest of the time to other stuff that also needs to be done.

 

Time Boxing

It's the practice of setting a fixed amount of time for each task and integrating the resulting time blocks into our schedule to complete the work.

We need to create time blocks for each task that is to be done because:

  • It removes the choices from the equation. Hence, we don't procrastinate and we just have to do the work that we should be doing.

  • The set time limits intensify our level of focus. Therefore we know that we need to complete a certain task before the set time limits as failing it would mean the disruption of our schedule.

Practices to create Time Blocks

To create effective blocks of time for each task, we could follow certain ways. i.e.

  1. We don't need to give ourselves time limits. Instead, we should be aware of the time required for a particular task.

  2. Split the bigger tasks into smaller subtasks that are easy to accomplish and are actionable to start working on.

  3. We would always be interrupted at some moment. Therefore, we need to improvise our schedule every time.

  4. We tend to be overly optimistic about time usage. So we need to keep that in mind.

  5. We need to keep a count of the interruptions that we face during work and devise a clear way to cope up with them afterward.

Work expands to fill the time allotted for it.

It is a basic human tendency to be over-optimistic in making time estimations. So we need to keep a track of our actual time.

"Plans are nothing; Planning is everything."
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