Why is Time Management Important?
8 good reasons!
8 good reasons!
Take a minute to ask yourself: why is time management important?
Too often we use our time as if we have an almost limitless supply. This page provides a timely reminder that time is both scarce and valuable. Peter Drucker captured the importance of time management well:
Time is the scarcest resource; and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.
This is one of our Manage in a Minute pages. These contain essential tips on fundamental management topics. No fuss or side-tracks, they get straight to the point. Here, in a series of bullet points which can be read in a minute (ish!), are some essential tips on why time management is important.
Think about it for a moment: if you don’t manage time nothing gets managed! Yet too often we act as if time is not scarce at all. As a result we don’t really pay much attention to how we manage it. So here are some timely reminders about why we need to guard our time, building on Drucker’s pertinent observation:
But you can live it. Eleanor Roosevelt is reputed to have once said:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.
“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
Your time is valuable because you are valuable, your ideas are valuable, and your plans are valuable. When we value time our attention then turns towards freeing time to do more of what we value, time to focus on results and worthwhile work. Why is time management important? It frees you to do more of what you want to do. It’s therefore worthwhile asking:
If this it true, and it’s difficult to argue otherwise, then it’s clear why time needs to be carefully managed. Especially if when we remember how scarce and valuable it is. Read through each of these 8 points and reflect on how you manage your time.
If you want some practical tips and tools, go to our guide Managing Time and Priority. The guide expands on the tips in this article and includes some excellent tools to help you eradicate time wasters. It will help you to:
Tool 1: Commitments summary
Tool 2: Time log
Tool 3:Time analysis
Tool 4: Time planning with task filters
Tool 5: Task priorities