Benefits of Time Management

by Niclas Marie

At some point in their lives most people have experienced what happens when time management is not utilized. Whether it's feelings of stress from impending deadlines or loss of sleep from cramming in work during all-nighters, improper management of time can be detrimental on health, as well as productivity. These negative effects help to prove the importance of practicing good time management habits. There are many benefits to be experienced when time management is handled in a good fashion.

When working on an important task, against a deadline, or planning out daily responsibilities, it is important to manage time wisely. Time management can help tasks seem less daunting, more organized, and to be finished in a timely and more productive manner. There are a number of benefits that can be enjoyed from utilizing proper time management.

Less Procrastination

Time management helps people get more out of the day. By making a schedule, the tasks that need to be completed are set out and the person is aware of what needs to be done. Scheduling in tasks allows for the person to understand when a task needs to be completed and the amount of time it should take to finish the job. This schedule also allows for time not to be wasted wondering which task should be completed and also ensures that tasks aren't forgotten. By scheduling out the day, procrastination can be avoided because people are less likely to put off tasks when they are written down. Accountability to the daily tasks helps them to be finished in a timelier manner. Even though it doesn't seem that by nature a schedule would help someone be more flexible, that is not the case with time management. Knowing which tasks must be completed helps a person to know how much free time he or she has to spare during the day. For surprise plans, having a schedule allows a person to know what he/she can do and how much time can be spent.

Stress Relief

Above all else, making and sticking to a task schedule helps a person to feel less stressed about what needs to be completed. Knowing that there is enough time to complete each duty and ticking off boxes as projects are complete will help ease anxiety about all that needs to be done. When time management is put into practice, there is less room for people to be surprised by what needs to be done. There is also less chance that people will be working right up to tight deadlines. Less rushing allows people to be calmer. When time isn't managed, there is a higher risk for life friction. This could be a missed appointment, neglected deadline, or forgotten obligation. Lack of time management can lead to increased problems in one's life, which in turn can lead to more stress. When a person is constantly stressed it can take a toll on the health and wellbeing of the person. Stress relief may arguably be the greatest benefit of time management.

More Time For Fun

With all of the extra time gained from proper time management, it can be put to use in daily life, spent on things that many people wish they had more time for. People who utilize positive time management have more time to spend on hobbies. They also find that more time can be spent with family or cultivating relationships. A good time management schedule will also help people to be happier in their day to day lives because there will be more time for the fun things. It also allows for more time to be spent on personal health. Having more time in the day allows people to have longer and more restful sleeps. It also means that more time can be given to exercising and healthy dieting.

More Opportunities

Another benefit of time management is that it leads to more opportunities. Organization and time management often allows for tasks to be completed ahead of schedule. As they say, the early bird catches the worm. Time management allows for less time to be wasted performing frivolous activities. As productivity becomes increasingly more effective, so will the reputation of the person doing the task. Being recognized for having a reliable personality will make one more respected, both at work and in personal life. Reliability and productiveness are key qualities that many employers look for.

Further Reading

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The Successful Person's Guide to Time Management – PDF

Stress and Time Management

Healthy Time Management Worksheet – PDF

Reducing Stress – PDF

Balancing Time Management and Stress

Time Management and Wellness – PDF

About the author

is the founder and CEO of TimeCenter Online Scheduling and lives in Helsingborg, Sweden. He loves to code beautiful and simple web apps, and occasionally enjoys a game of blitz chess.

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