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Mastering the time management

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Taslim Ahammad  :
The greatest achievers manage their time extremely well. Some people seem to have adequate time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always hastening from task to task, and never seem to finish anything, since all human get the same 24 hours. The solution lies in good time management.
Time management: Time management denotes to the process of planning and exercising how to split time on specific activities, especially to increase efficacy or productivity. Suitable time management facilitates to work smarter, however, not harder so that to get more done in less time, even when time is tough and pressures are too much.
Purpose of time management: The purpose of time management is allowing people to get more and better work done in less time.
Tools of time management: By means of an actual time planner and master list you can achieve the goal you set in your mind.
Time management skills:
Prioritizing: If you prioritize fit, you should be able to complete the most essential tasks in an order that makes sense.
Scheduling: Scheduling have emotional impact on your day, your week, your month, as well as other people, their projects, and their short and long term policies for projects and tasks. A lot of people also have exact times of the day when they are more and less active, and become more productive when they schedule themselves in view of that.
Keeping a to-do list: To-do lists (correctly prioritized and combined with work schedule) are a great way to escape forgetting something significant.
Resting: Resting, even though it may appear contradictory, is a significant time-management skill. Apart from for rare emergencies, it is important to resist the temptation to over-work, include necessary breaks, and a useful quitting time, in your timetable.
Delegation: Depending on what category of work you do, you may be able to give some tasks, knowing what to delegate and when.
Strategies for time management:
· Start the day with a clear focus
· Have a active task list
· Focus on high value actions
· Decrease interruptions
· Stop delaying
· Maximum multi-tasking
· Review the day
Organise your time: Recognise the areas of life where you are wasting time and try to decrease those. A good way to do this is to log everything you do for a week in careful detail and then scan the record to see how you use or misuse of your valuable time.
Setting Goals: Established yourself precise and clearly defined goals, and make sure that these are genuine and achievable. To do this, first need to look at present situation and assess what goals are significant and what action need to take to reach target.
Student's time management advice:
· Reduce distractions, get rid of anything that diverts from study
· Be attentive at the task at hand
· Use a calendar
· Use a checklist
· Get organised
· Schedule rewards
· Get a good night's sleep
Examination time management:
Have a regular place for revision such as the library where you are free from interruptions. Plan out a revision schedule or timetable so you devote enough time to each subject.
Summarise your lecture notes and use diagrams and graphics where suitable. Use a highlighter pen or underlining to lay emphasis on key facts. For last minute revision, make marginal notes.
Use past examination papers when revising to publicise with the sort of questions that might be significant.
Time management at work: Effective time management involves staff to evaluate their workload, assign priorities, and continue focus on productive activities.  Employees who are superb time managers can eliminate disruptions and enlist support from colleagues to achieve their goals.
Time management during job interview: Time management abilities, like other soft skills, are in demand. Interviewers will be asking questions to measure your capability to manage your time, and the time of your team if in a supervisory role.
Organizational time management skills: Forming and keeping deadlines, allocation, goal set and meeting goals, decision making, handling appointments, team running, project supervision, making schedules, directing events, problem resolving, multitasking and strategic philosophy.
Time management beneficial: Apposite time management permits you to achieve more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, which allows you take benefit of learning opportunities, reduce your stress, and helps you attention, which helps to more success in life.
Spending your day in a lot of fury of activity often accomplishes less, because you allocate attention between so many different tasks. Worthy time management helps work smarter, however, not harder and so you get more done in less time.

(Taslim Ahammad, Assistant Professor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Gopalganj, Bangladesh).

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