The “Time Management” Skill

The “Time Management” skill is pretty simple in concept, but is often a struggle for all of us.

The “Time Management” skill enables an individual to determine what tasks are most important and how to devote the appropriate amount of time to accomplish those tasks to a high level of quality.

Another way to look at the skill is this: You go to work in the morning and you know you have 10 things to do. Four of those things are “critical” . . . but YOU have to figure out which four of the ten are in that category. Then you have to (sort of) “fake it on the rest.”

Plebe year at the US Naval Academy is a good example. Each day there are a lot of things that need to be memorized (“Plebe Rates,” as they are called) and a plebe must be prepared to demonstrate that he/she knows those “rates” to any upper classman who might ask for them. This constant requirement, over the entire year, forces the plebes to manage their time and ensure that the things that MUST be done are, in fact, done.

In the real world, however, there is no one (except perhaps your boss) to tell you exactly which of the tasks that you face each day are critical. YOU have to determine what they are by yourself. You have to set your priorities and manage your time effectively in order that you get the right things done.

Here’s a tip: Here’s a tip: GET GOOD AT THE TIME MANAGEMENT ! It will serve you well in your career as well as your life.

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