Harness time management as a resource

Harness time management as a resource


All of us have the same number of hours to use in a day. The way and ability to manage time, however, are individual. Your aim in time management should be to get your goals done – but in a way that leaves time for relaxation.

Your aim in time management should be to get your goals done – but in a way that leaves time for relaxation.

Time management also allows you to take responsibility of your life and manage yourself. This increases your self-respect and improves your self-esteem.

Tips for time management

  • Keep an eye on what you use your time on. Write down the things you use time on for a couple of days. Note down everything and be honest. Take note of your time thieves: the things you are using time on when you should have been doing something else.
  • Use a calendar (electronic or paper version) in time management.
  • Be loyal to your basic values. Do not let momentary desires or impulses guide your actions.
  • When you want something in life, you must be able to give up something else. What could you give up immediately?
  • Make a list of the things that are important to you. Make sure that they are in line with the goals you have set.
  • Think about what you are about to do before doing it. Dare to say no to other people’s expectations and requests.
  • Remember that quality time is flexible. Being flexible in time management provides you with space to change things.
  • Practise presence in this moment.
  • Cherish self-control.  Time management requires you to postpone instant pleasure and gratification.
  • Remember that life is more than simply performing. Reserve time for casual activities.
  • Do not be too stern to yourself – you are not able to be perfectly efficient every day.

Monitoring your time management is important when you want to find out how you use the time available to you. This also relates to planning your own activities and self-management. The most important thing is to focus on what is relevant and to remain aware of your own objectives.

The most important thing is to focus on what is relevant and to remain aware of your own objectives.


Food for thought:
  • Does your time management correspond to your needs and hopes?
  • Do you have enough time left for recovery and leisure?
  • What kinds of time management measures have you tried or could still try?