How Time Management at Work Works
Seldom are worthwhile things done that are not immediately met with problems that endangers its completion or threatens to derail it just as it is begun.
Most projects when started will start smooth enough. Immediately afterwards something discouraging happens. Ask any businessman for example. Most businessmen will tell you that no matter how well or bad the plan was in starting out, there usually is an initial success followed immediately by problems. This is what they call the beginners luck. When the problems begin to seem to be overwhelming, that is the point where most quit.
This is also similar to time management that is at work. Once you adopt it for the first time, it needs constant nursing and re-enforcing. The person who works on it will have all the good ideas to start with. When he goes down to his normal realities, the same problems and distractions, the same habits that have been formed are not totally done away with. It needs conviction to keep reinforcing the self. For some it will be touch and go for a while resulting in succeeding or quitting.
Time management at work is making time in pursuing the goal. It is leaving excuses behind. Even when you are already getting late and the car won’t start. When it is already almost your time to make the presentation that you painfully finished yesterday only to find out today that some materials are missing. When you have made preparations as of last week to attend a daughters recital only to be stopped today by the boss for an emergency meeting.
Time management at work can pose challenges, often initially at least. For both the time management professional and for the beginner, the same things occur but the professional has already expected that surprises happen and has made time allowances and preparations for it. The beginner also has to make allowances as expecting things to always run smooth can only result in frustration. The choice is to panic and quit or to remain calm and in control and make further adjustments.
Time management at work is being able to identify workloads, time frames, priorities and sub priorities, what is effective and what is not, what should be entertained now and what should not be. It involves a realistic assessment of where one is going, the resources and actions needed to move from this point forward.