Time Management

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This report has been prepared with the purpose of analysing and evaluating my current time usage, in order to assess my time management skills. Time Management involves setting priorities and undertaking goal management in order to as efficient and productive as possible. The aim of this report is to evaluate my current time management skills and isolate areas in which I need to improve and also to establish what theories and methods I must utilize in order to ensure that my time is well managed. The objective of this report is to properly analyse my findings in order to make accurate conclusions and in turn determine recommendations as to how I can adopt better time management skills in order to achieve my goals and objectives. Prior to preparing this report, I was required to identify my life goals and objectives on a short and long term basis in different areas of my life. These being; study, family, personal, work, social, community service, home duties and sleep. I was then required to prioritise my goals and objectives, estimate how I was spending my time and record a detailed time log over a one week period. The most accurate method when recording time usage data was immediate documentation. I also used my current organisational tools as a resource to remind me how I had recently spent my time and what I could expect from the coming week making estimations. After comparing my estimated and actual time usage figures (Refer to Appendix 5), it became apparent that there was little difference between the two sets of figures. Although my results indicated that my estimates were fairly accurate, they show that I am consistently spending my time in ways that are perhaps not ideal. In order to narrow the gap between my actual time usage and ideal time usage I will need to spend more time studying, and less time socialising and performing home duties. In particular, study is a high priority for me and I must therefore make sure I undertake goal management and establish it as one of my priorities. One way I can close the gap, is by utilizing my current commuting time to perform my weekly readings for university. I can also use the principles behind the Hayne's theory on prime time and ‘The Pickle Jar Theory' in order to ensure I am using my time productively. Only then will I be able to realistically work towards my long term goals and objectives. Introduction:

This report has been prepared with the purpose of analyzing and evaluating my current time usage, in order to assess my time management skills. "Time Management includes tools or techniques for planning and scheduling time, usually with the aim to increase the effectiveness and/or efficiency of personal and corporate time use." (Wikipedia 2007, para.1). Time Management involves setting priorities and undertaking goal management in order to as efficient and productive as possible. Time Management is an essential ingredient to success, as it discourages time wasting activities and procrastination which hinders productivity. Understanding the importance of Time Management enables individuals to take active steps towards better managing their time and governing the eventual outcome. (Mind Tools 2007, para. 2).

Aims and objectives

The aim of this report is to evaluate my current time management skills and isolate areas in which I need to improve. The purpose of this report is also to establish what theories and methods I must utilize in order to ensure that my time is well managed. As well as being an assessed task, this report is necessary in order to properly evaluate my current time usage. Once this evaluation has been made, decisions on strategies can be made in order to enable me to be more time efficient in the future. I am currently trying to divide my time between a number of different activities and areas of my life, however up until now I have never stopped to evaluate my efficiency. The objective of this report is to properly analyse my...
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