As defined in last week’s article titled Time Management, “Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.” Wikipedia
Without a doubt, time is essential in planning and getting things done. People always complain about time not been enough. However, 24 hours daily is what you have and what is needed to achieve set goals and targets. How it is best used depends on how properly the 24 hours bracket is been put to use to get better results. According to Michael Altshuher, “The bad news about time is, time flies but the good news is, you and I are the pilot. We can…manage it and direct it to land at a place called ‘on-time’”.
Indeed, achievers work smart by making time a priority to getting things done as against working pointlessly hard. Hard work without time management greatly limits the actualization of goals and set targets.
People who manage time effectively have always done the following:
Delegate tasks appropriately.
Take some breaks.
Learn to say “No” to activities that detract from your main work.
If not well managed, time negatively affects individual, organizational and governmental outcomes. And no society can make progress if there’s a culture of disregard for time.
Sleep is vital for good health and wellbeing. Adequate sleep is important for appetite and weight management — a key to preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Stress is a major contributor to disrupted sleep. In addition, as we age sleep becomes less efficient, lighter and often less restful.
More than 35 percent of adults report getting less than 7 hours a sleep a night. People who don’t get sufficient sleep are at greater risk for chronic chronic health problems, as well as from cancer, increased mortality and reduced quality of life.
Try these tips to improve your sleep:
Be consistent. Stick to a regular bedtime and wake time. Consistency reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Try to go to bed and get up at roughly the same times every day, including weekends and holidays.
Keep your room dark and quiet. Daylight, other lights or noise can disrupt sleep. Eliminate these disruptions with window coverings, and by closing doors and windows.
Be physically active. Regular physical activity helps you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. If vigorous activity within 2 hours of bedtime stimulates you, try exercising earlier in the day.
Enjoy the early morning sunlight. Consider having your breakfast in a sunny spot. Avoid bright lights 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. This can help regulate the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep.
Watch what you’re drinking. Caffeine and alcohol can disrupt your sleep, especially when enjoyed too close to bedtime. Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day, rather than just in the evening, to avoid too many middle of the night trips to the bathroom.
Shut off your mind. If you find you wake up at night bothered by thoughts, get up and write down your ideas, read or do another quiet activity to slow down your mind.
Unplug. Keep your bedtime routine free of television, laptop and and other portable devices.
Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Wikipedia…
“Time management” refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities. Mindtools…
The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well, as it is often said being busy isn’t the same as being effective but being smart at work, being smart is managing your arrays of to do list as the end justifies the means.
Time management has come up as a subject in the management field to reach the goal of increasing productivity, it relates to all works of life such as individual career, schools, religion, events, especially amongst white-collar workers for whom work output may be hard to measure.
At the workplace either the private or public sectors, research shows that 25% Return on Investment (ROI) is lost monthly due to improper time management exclusive of money lost due to ghost workers, theft amongst others.
Theft is not related to loss of cash alone but also to loss of time due to lateness, every employee wants to be paid as at when due, no employee wants to be owed, every employee wants to get pay rise at any prospect, but no employee pays attention to little theft committed prominently amongst which is time theft which can adversely affect employee’s pay as a result of dwindling profit due to the scenario painted above. Effective time management is one of the most precious assets as time lost can never be reversed back.
In conclusion as was said by Mr. Afolabi Abiodun the MD/CEO SBTel & Devices Limited the provider of the award winning Human Resources Time Management Solution TAMS in the Punch newspaper of 10th May 2016 (http://www.punchng.com/sb-telecoms-honours-punctual-employees/) – “The soul of any business in this world is punctuality. For any business to be effective, it must be able to strictly follow a timeline to achieve its desired result and for such an organization to achieve that, employees must be able to effectively conclude their tasks before deadlines”.
In a bid to promote punctuality and efficiency at the workplace, SB Telecoms and Devices has said it will honour the most punctual employees in Nigeria with the Time and Access Management Systems Ambassadors Award at the TAMS Summit on May 19, 2016.
The time management event will take place in Lagos during which over 15 employees from the public and private sectors of the economy will be honoured for punctuality at their respective workplaces over the last one year.
Speaking on the awards, the Chief Executive Officer, SB Telecoms and Devices, Mr. Afolabi Abiodun, said the awards event was organised to recognise employees of organisations who understood the importance of punctuality at the workplace, as well as its overall contribution to the organisation’s effectiveness.
“The soul of any business in this world is punctuality. For any business to be effective, it must be able to strictly follow a timeline to achieve its desired result and for such an organisation to achieve that, employees must be able to effectively conclude their tasks before deadlines,” Abiodun said.
He added, “The TAMS Ambassadors award, therefore, honours employees who are always punctual at their workplace and diligently work on the tasks assigned to them.
“These sets of people need to be encouraged, and shown as an example to other employees in organisations across the country. This is necessary because in this era when people arrive their workplace ridiculously late, giving all sorts of excuses, these few people, through our TAMS Application Portal, will be rewarded for always being punctual and diligent at their workplaces during the course of the past one year.”
The TAMS Ambassadors award is an initiative of TAMS Nigeria, and created to eradicate ‘African Time Syndrome”’ and appreciate timeliness in organisations across Nigeria. It was an idea that started in 2014 and has so far rewarded over100 of the most punctual staff in the private and public sectors across Nigeria.
Take some time to read through this scenario: You are visiting an organization on appointment. After exchanging pleasantries with the receptionist at the front desk, you informed her of your mission. She responded grudgingly while paying scant attention to you as she seamlessly returned to what she was doing before you interrupted her. Curious, you wondered what could have consumed her thoughts so deeply, only to discover that she was lost in her own world of social media apps.
Has this ever happened to you? How did you or how will you handle it? For all intents and purposes, social media is a two-edged sword. On one hand, it is a tool that has enhanced information dissemination and social engagement at the swipe of your fingers. Social media has become a new trend in the workplace that cannot be ignored due to its numerous advantages, from analyzing potential employees’ profiles to promoting a business and encouraging interaction between employees. Most Social Media platforms offer free advertising and other benefits for companies both big and small scale.
On the other hand, it is a syndrome that has eaten deep into daily routines, thus hampering productivity, and ultimately, returns on investment (ROI) due to time theft. It is often said that “Time waits for no one and a lost time can never be bought or brought back”. According to a study by Nucleus Research, companies that allow employees use social media during the work day lose 1.5 percent productivity.
“Most employees check their “inboxes” too often, constantly interrupting their work. Employees estimate that they spend about 4 hours a day (half a workday) managing multiple “inboxes.” The time spent on social media however is spent more for personal reasons than work reasons, with only 6.8% of the participants indicating that they use social media solely for work purposes. The study suggests that social media on platforms such as Facebook have “shattered the divide between business and personal use” and often encourage such intermingling further exacerbating this issue.” (Ott, 2010)
Social networking can also hurt the relationship between employees. Negative messages can be sent through social networking sites and can hamper the ability of employees to work together. “Additionally, social networking provides a way for employees to communicate with one another throughout the day without anyone overhearing, leading to an increase in off-task conversations.” (Zeiger) In order to ensure work related discussions were kept internally, one organization developed their own “internal Facebook” where employees discussed issues with each other rather than taking to a public forum such as Facebook or Twitter.
The last disadvantage of social networking in the workplace is the potential breach of confidentiality and the tarnishing of the corporate image by employees and managers; this means that employees can inadvertently post confidential business information on blogs, wikis, or Facebook. Negative posts intentionally posted by disgruntled employees can also tarnish the image of the company because the information can be so quickly shared between users. These breaches in confidentiality between the business and its employees can lead to much bigger issues down the line.
Inevitably, social media addiction leads to low productivity of individuals and adversely affects company goals.
Over the years, a key economic challenge that has confronted every new administration in Nigeria is the issue of creating an enabling economic environment for locally made products and services. The new administration with its change mantra, is toeing the same line.
Notwithstanding the traction that globalization, along with the free movement of goods and services, is gaining in international trade, some countries have gone ahead to develop policies to protect and encourage local manufacturers, service providers and innovators. Although, growing in stature and influence as a key player in international business, China was said to have strategically locked down her borders to stem the influx of foreign goods and extensively promote locally made goods.
Owing to such a bold, though unpopular move, China has emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer of technology produce. People and businesses from all corners of the globe visit China to make orders which, in turn, boosts the economy significantly, thus engendering a high GDP and increased job opportunities, in addition to a low rate of inflation, among other benefits.
While quality control and reduced cost of production would help in no small measure to enhance locally made Nigerian goods, the potentialities for improvement are well recognized. A visit to the Onitsha market, the biggest clothes market in West Africa, presents a rich tapestry of talents in production, design, distribution, and the entire value chain of the business.
Truth be told, poor power and infrastructure are enough headaches to dissuade anyone venturing into technology, yet right in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, a young Nigerian with a passion for productivity, Afolabi Abiodun, applied himself and his team to develop the time attendance management systems (TAMS®), a human resource software that reduces administrative effort and increases data quality by way of a seamless user experience.
Abiodun’s capacity and resourcefulness to adapt global technology to local needs has positioned the time attendance management systems (TAMS®), an end-to-end human resource solution configured to meet an organization’s need for optimized productivity, facility patrol and security management, as a must-have tool for operational efficiency.
TAMS® enables the user to access and manage employee information from any location via the computer and other intelligent devices, including iPad, laptop, mobile phones etc.
While Nigerians in the Diaspora- such as Saheed Adepoju, Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Jelani Aliyu, Shehu Saleh Balami, and many more – continue to make waves in their respective fields of endeavor, government at the local front must not jettison its commitment to motivate local manufacturers and innovators by fully patronizing their work while further encouraging the citizenry to do same. In such a scenario, the Nigerian economy is a strong beneficiary through increased returns on investment and increase employment, which in turn reduces redundancy and poverty amongst the bulging youth population.
Visit www.tams.com.ng for more information on TAMS or call 08083846345, 08054539109
It is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you use your time to accomplish what you want.
Personal time is mostly referred to as “free time” or the time we haven’t already traded away. Good personal time management skills is what allows an individual to be productive and make progress in different spheres of life, and still retain control over stress and energy levels.
Why is time management important for personal upliftment?
Time management is important for your personal life and career success. It teaches you how to manage your time effectively and make the most of it.
Here are a few of the reasons why it is so important, and how it can help you use and manage your time more advantageously:
1. Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. Time not well used cannot be retrieved.
2. Most people, feel like they have too much to do and not enough time. They blame lack of time for their poor finances, stress, bad relationships, and for not exercising their body.
Wise personal time management can help you find the time for what you desire, and for what you need to do.
3. You need time to get what you want out of life. If you wait for extra time to appear, you might lose the game of life. Through right time management, you can “create” the time you need, and not just wait for it to come. By planning your time wisely, you will have more time to do more things.
4. Personal time management will help you set up your priorities.
5. Time is limited to 24 hours a day, so plan your life wisely.
6. Personal time management helps you make conscious choices, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you.
7. You can learn to find the time for the things that are important to you. Even a small amount of time once a day, or even once a week, will take you closer to your goals, and you will be surprised at the progress you make.
8. You become more productive using improved time management skills and tools, and can accomplish more with less effort and time. Time management can help you reduce wasted time and energy, help you become more creative and productive, and enable you to do the right thing at the right time. This will of course lead to more balance and fulfillment in your life.
9. Life today presents so many distractions, and therefore, it is very easy to lose time on unimportant activities. Ask yourself, is watching this or that TV program, reading this or that gossip or participating in a certain activity is going to add anything to your life. Is the time spent on a particular activity well spent, or is just a waste of time and energy?
10. Life puts in front of everyone so many choices each day, and the question is, do you follow what appears on your way, or do you consciously choose what you want to do?
11. A certain degree of detachment and inner peace are useful in managing your time effectively. They help you avoid spending too much emotional and mental energy on what people say and think about you. They help you stay calm, despite distractions or difficulties, and this saves you a lot of time and energy, which you can spend on better and more rewarding activities.
In conclusion there are many things you can do and tools to use to manage your time effectively. There is a lot of time wasted each day, which can be put to better uses. There are changes you can make, which will effectively increase the time you have at your disposal every day.
Thinking, planning, finding out how others manage their time, and reading books and articles on time management, will develop these skills and give you good ideas.
Among the many changes that you can make to manage your time, there is one that is important and easily available, and that is getting up early in the morning. Give up watching TV late at night, reduce time on chat mediums on social media and go to sleep a little earlier than usual. It will then be easier to wake up earlier.
Even waking up only 15 minutes earlier would be great. It is a time of quietude, before everyone else wakes up, which you can devote to reading, meditating, exercising, or planning your day.
To get rid of the feeling that you have much to do and not enough time, try to feel and to think, as if you have all the time in the world.
This kind of thinking would enable you to focus on what you are doing, without stress and strain.
Always plan your time well and don’t waste it on useless matters. Be careful not to procrastinate, and do everything in the best way you can, with focus and attention.
Culled from http://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/time-management/importance-of-time-management/