How to Improve Your Time Management Skill

When you learn a skill, at first, you’re not very good, but as you practice you become better and better. And if you practice long enough and intensely enough, you can even become a master at that skill.

If you play a musical instrument, you know this to be true. At first, you couldn’t play the instrument, but as you practiced, you became better. The more you practiced, the more you skilled you became at playing your instrument.

Any skill you want to develop follows that same principle: you get better as you practice. You must just go through the process.

The Skill of Time Management

Time management is a skill (or better yet a set of skills), and it follows the same process as other skills. At first, you’re not very skillful at managing your time. You waste a lot of it on trivial activities, and at the end of your day, you have nothing to show for all your efforts.

However, when you embark on your time management journey, you see your skill level progressively increase. Day after day, you become better at managing your time. You can better identify the activities that get your focused attention and which ones you should avoid, even eliminate.

The important thing is that you must begin your journey and endure the process. And when you commit to the process, you get better and better.

The Practice of Time Management

The secret to sharpening your time management skill—and it’s no secret at all—is practice. More specifically, there are three primary skills you must practice:

  1. Prioritization: Many activities compete for your time and attention. You must learn to determine the level of each. The better you get at such determination, the better time manager you become. Your most important activities depend on your goals. As a general rule, you want to invest your time performing activities that move your most important goals forward.
  2. Planning: You must learn how to plan your work (and work your plan). This demands that you organize your schedule for maximum return on your efforts. For example, you don’t schedule three extremely demanding activities back-to-back; you break them up with lighter activities to give you a chance to recharge. The better you become at planning your work, the better time manager you become.
  3. Focus: High-value work demands focus. You must learn to focus on your work. When you set time to perform an activity, you must eliminate any distraction and protect yourself of any interruption. The better you become at doing this, the better time manager you become. Distractions and interruptions waste time and the more skillful you become at dealing with these, the better.

As you practice prioritization, planning, and focus, you improve your time management skill. The more you practice, the more proficient you’ll become. Now, it’s up to you to practice.

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.