Chapter I- The Problem and its Setting
Time management can be defined as activities or tools which allow you to effectively manage your time. When you practice good time management, your productivity will increase, and if you are the owner of a business, it is likely that your business will experience larger profits. Today, time management has been broken down into a number of categories, but they all basically seek to achieve the same objectives. When you hear most people talk about time management, they are generally referring to it on a personal level.
When you think about “time management,” what comes to mind? The word “management” implies taking an active role in choosing how time is used, as opposed to just letting things happen or allowing others to plan. It also implies that there is a degree of decision making involved, which can include setting goals and priorities, manipulating resources, monitoring progress, and taking responsibility for the outcome. We can’t change or alter time as every day has the same number of hours, every hour the same number of minutes, so the term “time management” isn’t really an accurate term for this skill. Time management really means self management — we manage ourselves to make the most of time. Time is a static phenomenon, yet minutes may seem to crawl by during a long wait in a line-up, and somehow weekends pass all too quickly. The inconsistencies in our perception of the passage of time are very indicative of the connection between time management and things like motivation concentration). That’s why time management is closely connected with learning and study issues at the university level. It’s probably the single most important skill necessary for success at university. How you use your time has a major impact on your academic accomplishments, satisfaction, and stress level.
The idea of time management is that if you can spend more time doing things that are important, you are much more likely to be successful at whatever you are trying to accomplish. Once you have succeeded, you will be a happier person that will be able to get more out of life. To become skilled at managing your time, there are some skills you will need to develop, and these are setting goals, decision making, delegating, and prioritizing. Many people resort to using sophisticated tools such as PDAs to help them. While they can be helpful, the most important factor is the decisions you make. A machine can only take you so far.
Background of the Study
There is no mystery about managing time. Everyone has 24 hours each day and 168 hours each week to eat, sleep, work, relax, exercise, attend class, and study. There is nothing magical about getting the most from these hours; it just takes planning. But time management does require self-discipline and control until the behavioral changes are internalized and time management becomes an everyday habit. Plans and schedules for managing time are useless if one does not follow them. Effective time management necessitates a sense of balance. Either extreme along the time management skills continuum can be problematic. On one hand, perfect time management skills do not make one a perfect student. It is possible to excess about time, such that one is so wrapped up in the minute of details that meaningful tasks are not accomplished. On the other hand, poor time management skills do not make one a stooge. Some brilliant people habitually are "a day late and a dollar short." Then why bother with time management? The main reason for managing time is to provide structure to one's life and, in turn, piece of mind. Managing time is just something one does for one's own psyche, to make one's days easier.
Unlike high school, college requires that students spend much more time studying outside of class. In high school, many students could get away with two-hour test preparation sessions or with writing are search paper in an hour or two. Not...
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