Why good time management skills make a difference

How many times in life have you found that you do not have the time to complete a task? It seems that there is never enough time in a day. But since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people complete their tasks and have time to spare, while others cannot? The answer lies in good time management skills.

I laugh because it was not that long ago that I had stacks of papers and a list of things that I needed to get done. The pile never got smaller; it only grew. Every morning I would make a list of the things that were the most important and I needed to complete during that day. Sometimes I would complete my list for the day but most of the time I did not. I intended to complete those items however during that day it would seem as though more tasks would come about that were equally important, bumping those items I’d started the day listing.

I was fighting a losing battle. I started asking questions and researching how to cure the problem I was having believing I was the only person in the world who, no matter how hard or how long I worked toward completion of my tasks, simply could not gain any ground.

After asking a lot of questions, and researching time management techniques, I determined what skills would be most beneficial to me, and my time management issues.

Here are a few of the things that finally helped me get to the bottom of the pile.

  • Make sure you use 30 minutes every morning to plan what must be complete.
  • Use 1 hour every morning and 1 hour every evening to work on your daily goal.
  • Do not answer the phone, door, or e-mails during the 2 hours in the day that you plan to utilize for completion of your task.
  • If another pressing issue comes about, handle it immediately, and then go right back to working down your list. Do not ever allow any new item to simply sit in your pile of work. If need be, take an extra 15 minutes to complete your task on those days.
  • Plan to work 6 of the 7 days in a week (the same time every day) and start over the beginning of each week. Use Sunday as a relaxation day, not adding anything new to your work pile. Use the time you do work on your list wisely and checking things off will quickly become second nature. Seeing the to-do list shrink is always a great feeling to empower you to keep working.

When I got to the bottom of my pile I never allowed a pile of papers to form again. That was nearly four years ago. I have since been able to take on the extra task of decorating each room in my home while attending college.

What are some time management skills you’ve learned through trial and error?

Victoria_BankowskiVictoria is the first in her family to go to college and has earned an AS and AA degree at Wayne County Community College where she graduated at the top of her class in 2015 as the WCCCD’s Special Recognition Award Recipient. Victoria is an officer of both Phi-Theta Kappa and Tri-Beta Biological Honors Societies. She continues to build on her leadership skills by working closely with Executive Women’s International of Detroit /Windsor (EWI). Outside of the classroom, she enjoys quality time with her granddaughters.