Time Management in Business Environments
It may seem wrong to dedicate precious time to learning about time management, instead of using it to get on with your work, but the benefits of managing time in business are enormous.
What is Time Management?
It refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities. It can also be said to be managing time effectively so that the right time is allocated to the right activity.
Time Management plays a very important role not only in organizations but also in our personal lives.
The following are ways in which time can be managed in business:
Plan your day well in advance. Prepare a To Do List or a “TASK PLAN”. Jot down the important activities that need to be done in a single day against the time that should be allocated to each activity. High Priority work should come on top followed by those which do not need much of your importance at the moment. Complete pending tasks one by one. Do not begin fresh work unless you have finished your previous task. Tick the ones you have already completed.
Setting Goals and Objectives
Working without goals and targets in an organization would be similar to a situation where the captain of the ship loses his way in the sea. Yes, you would be lost. Set targets for yourself and make sure they are realistic ones and achievable.
Set deadlines for yourself and strive hard to complete tasks ahead of the deadlines. Do not wait for your superiors to ask you every time. Learn to take ownership of work. One person who can best set the deadlines is you yourself. Ask yourself how much time needs to be devoted to a particular task and for how many days. Use a planner to mark the important dates against the set deadlines.
Delegation of Responsibilities
Learn to say “NO” at workplace. Don’t do everything on your own. There are other people as well. One should not accept something which he knows is difficult for him. The roles and responsibilities must be delegated as per interest and specialization of employees for them to finish tasks within deadlines. A person who does not have knowledge about something needs more time than someone who knows the work well.
Spending the right time on right activity
Develop the habit of doing the right thing at the right time. Work done at the wrong time is not of much use. Don’t waste a complete day on something which can be done in an hour or so.
In conclusion, Time management is necessary in every organization it helps every organization works on deadlines and also helps individuals to finish work within the assigned time and stay stress free and relaxed throughout the day.