A recent article at Care2 by Judi Gerber points out that February is National Time Management Month in the United States. To get readers in the right state of mind, Gerber also mentions a few tips to help her readers get on track. We think both parts of the article deserve a closer look.
The honorary month has no official governmental standing, but it was created by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) as another way to bring attention to issues of time management and productivity. In the process, of course, the organization was hoping that more people might interested in soliciting their members’ services. While it’s true that a professional organizer can be helpful to someone who is extremely busy and extremely overwhelmed, we firmly believe that most people have the power to reclaim their time and productivity all on their own.
Anyone, anywhere can benefit at work, school, or at home by putting into practice time management strategies that have been proven to work. In the article, Gerber recommends planning and prioritization, two cornerstones of any effective time management approach.
More specifically, she suggests setting aside twice the amount of time you think a task will take in order to get it done. While that is a little more than we would recommend, it is always a good idea to give yourself extra time to account for delays and interruptions.
The article suggests that it always takes people longer to finish things than they plan for. While it may be true in general, this problem can definitely be reduced by paying more attention to your work habits on a daily basis, by using specialized time-tracking software or just stopping to look at the clock more often.