At first glance, the term “time management” hints at the ability to mold time into something controllable. However, that is not the case at all. Time is too infinite to be confined or manipulated. In fact, time management, according to Maynard Rolston, “is an oxymoron. If you think about it, no one can manage time. Time goes on whether we like it or not and we all have the same amount of it. However, you can manage yourself” (86). Time management is important because you learn how to be self-disciplined in achieving your daily goals and on a wider scale, you learn how to achieve your career goals for success in your chosen field.
Kathryn Hegar summarized time management principles by noting “effective leaders learn how to make every moment count regardless of whether they are in the office or visiting a client. They constantly devise ways to get more done in a shorter period of time” (420). Of course, you will not be able to achieve everything on your list but you will manage to tackle the most critical items first. By embracing these principles, you will savor the benefits of time management in your career. Four major benefits include stress management, a stellar professional reputation, and the ability to recognize and respect boundaries in both your professional and personal life. Additionally, exceptional time management skills will prepare you for career advancement and a great work-life balance.
One of the immediate benefits of time management is reduced stress. As a 2010 article by Jobs.Aol.com and Kelly Services indicates, how well your office is organized is a key indicator of how well you manage your time. Furthermore, your office is a reflection of you and your capabilities. Time management will motivate you to be more organized to accomplish important projects and meet upcoming deadlines.
In his book Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life, Dr. Henry Cloud identified misplaced priorities as a boundary conflict you might encounter in the workplace. Cloud stressed that to prevent this boundary conflict, you have to identify and categorize tasks according to importance. Furthermore, after you’ve indicated the more critical tasks on your agenda, you must strive to habitually produce excellent work:
Effective workers do two things: they strive to do excellent work, and they spend their time on the most important things. Many people do excellent work but allow themselves to get sidetracked by unimportant things; they may do unimportant things very well! They feel like they are doing a great job, their boss is upset because essential goals are not being met. Then they feel unappreciated and resentful because they have put out so much effort. They were working hard, but they weren’t placing boundaries on what they allowed to take up their time, and the really important things did not get their attention. (208)
Strive to be effective in your career by implementing boundaries. With mature and realistic...