3 Steps to Fixing Your Time Management Issues

During the course of my career, I’ve worked with people who struggled to manage their time effectively. Invariably, poor time management affected their overall performance. Some were very talented but underperforming because they couldn’t manage their time. Others, because of poor time management skills, were average when they could have been stellar.

Quite frankly, I wasn’t that great at time management myself. Hence, I had to go on that journey too, and now I share what I’ve learned to help you on your journey.

Time management is an essential life skill, in particular in the context of work. Without excellent time management skills:

  1. You consistently miss deadlines on your deliverables, which erodes other people’s trust in your ability to deliver on your commitment.
  2. It puts the strain on who your teammates, who have to pick up your slack. They may even resent you because you’re not carrying your weight but are still getting compensated (sometimes just as much wage as they do).
  3. It affects the organization’s results and bottom line, as your organization isn’t as effective as it could be or should be.

You must manage your time effectively. Effective time management is a must. When you manage your time effectively, you increase your productivity, and thus, your contribution to your organization.

1. Make a Firm Decision

Becoming better at anything begins with making the firm decision to embark on the journey to mastery.

Decide to become proficient at managing your time. Your decision must be firm because the road isn’t always easy and you may be tempted to give up. But with time management, too much is at stakes; you must make the firm decision to improve your skill.

Your decision must be firm because the road isn’t always easy and you may be tempted to give up. But with time management, too much is at stakes; you must make a firm decision to improve your skills.

You have great work to produce and an important contribution to make, and to do so, you must manage your time effectively.

2. Set Clear Priorities

Because the time you can allocate to productive work is limited, you must become skillful at setting priorities. This is about making decisions: it’s about deciding which activities and tasks you deem most important (and placing them in order of importance).

In a sense, time management means managing your priorities. What activities are most important to you (today, this weekend, this week, or whatever time frame you’re working with)? Keeping this question in mind will ensure you pinpoint the activities and tasks that are most “deserving” of your efforts.

Make sure your schedule is filled with your priorities; your priorities should occupy your work time.

3. Focus on Your Work

Your priorities establish which activities and tasks should get your attention. Everything else is a distraction to be ignored.

Now, you must “chop” your priorities with determination. No time for procrastination or hesitation. You put your number one priority on the “cutting board” and you chop it to pieces: you get it done.

The key here is to focus on the task at hand and get it done. When you work, work.
And when you’re done with priority number one, you grab priority number 2 and chop it. And you keep going, chopping your priorities one by one.

Of course, you want to throw in breaks in there as needed. But the point I want to make here is: when you’re working, stay focus on what you’re doing.

Time management is about using your time to do you must get done. And this starts with determining what must get done (your priorities) and ends with getting it done (your work).

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.