Time management

Time management

From Greek τέμνω “I divide”, “I separate”.

How many times have we told ourselves that if we had more time to reflect on a certain question, problem or decision, we would have surely made a better choice? Many mistakes are made because the time we have for making a decision is too short, and if we are not able to manage our emotions well, they could influence our choices. Which is not always a bad thing, but it depends on the kind of decisions we have to make.

Having only a short time available could be a problem due to poor activity planning and therefore we are forced to make a decision at the last minute. Or, it could be the established practice of a person we have to interact with – a teacher, a boss, a manager or a customer – wanting the job done “yesterday”. In these situations, it is easier to act on instinct guided by emotions and anxiety.
The mind will then find some shortcuts, forcing us into the area of heuristics and cognitive biases.

Time management is therefore a useful skill and closely linked to the other skills: those regarding being able to communicate well and clearly, activity planning and avoiding procrastination so not to risk failing objectives.