Time management for career success in the New Year
by Michele Majul-Ibarra
“Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.” There are different variations of this quote by Environmental Scientist Bob Carter, which I am sure you have heard in many personal and workplace conversations.
Let’s look at a classic scenario. A person is diligently organizing and effectively planning out his or her schedule to complete a few important tasks, and then these plans are suddenly thrown into chaos because someone decides to call or e-mail an “urgent” request that now requires this person’s immediate attention.
In personal situations, it may be a case of a family member wanting something done for them right away or in business situations, it may be a case of a co-worker wanting last minute assistance to meet a deadline. What happens next? Now, this person has to scramble to find time to fit in a new request from a family member or a co-worker that will probably require putting his or her our own priorities on hold, because the family member or co-worker failed to manage his or her time effectively or at the very least give ample notice.
How many times has this happened to you? Sadly, these experiences happen often in our personal and professional lives. Lack of planning and lack of time management are unfortunately perceived as a form of disrespect. People who impose their needs on others appear to show disregard for the other person’s time. One way or another, I’m sure each and every one of us has been guilty of doing things at the last minute. Here are a couple of tips for time management:
Efficiency reflects time management
Proper management of time means things are accomplished in the least possible time. People who are able to manage time well gain a competitive edge against their colleagues because performance ratings are way better for those who are able to manage their time well. On the other hand, people with poor time management skills find themselves with backlogged assignments. Before they know it, they even find themselves complaining about their workload when the real issue is poor time management and not the workload.
Know your priorities
Good time management skills are rooted in knowing when to do what is urgent and what is important. Being able to recognize priorities is an important factor in career success. Making a lot of commitments can be a good thing at work as it shows a lot of dedication, however, at some point it may be a good idea to decline opportunities while keeping in mind the priorities on your plate.
Ever heard the Chinese proverb, “no amount of gold will buy you time that has passed?” Basically, it’s saying that time is a very limited resource. Whether we are at home or at work, the importance of time must not be overlooked. Knowing its importance and taking the steps to master this skill will help increase career success.
The year 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and people who are born under this zodiac sign are characterized as trustworthy, hardworking, strong at timekeeping, career-driven and good at multitasking. The New Year sure sounds like a great starting point to practice time management skills!
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
This article is intended for information purposes only and not to be considered as professional advice.
Michele Majul-Ibarra, IPMA-ACP is an Advanced Certified HR Professional through the International Personnel Management Association. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. She also holds the C.I.M. professional designation (Certified in Management). E-mail her at email@example.com.