LQM: Can Time be Managed?


There are so many things to do and so little time.  You have to make choices between 

working, studying, taking care of your children or your ageing parents, cleaning the house, or doing the garden and much more.  Do you have time to have any fun at all?  Today's adults are torn in many directions.  The affects of jam-packed schedules are something that everyone shares.  

Taking all of this into consideration, we still have to manage our time.  How do 

we go about it?  Well, there are some simple rules that one can follow.  We will begin 

with the issues in your personal life. 

First, even in your private life, you need to make a schedule and stick to it.  I can hear 

everyone screaming already.  Yes, of course, schedules are subject to change.  However, 

if you keep the important stuff in some kind of routine, you will be surprised how easy it is to be a little more flexible with the jobs that take less time.  For example, without a doubt, 

household chores take a large part of the personal schedule.  Try to write down what must be done every week.  Delegate, yes, I said delegate, the tasks fairly amongst everyone in the house. 

Second, don't overextend yourself.  Family and friends need to understand that your time is limited. Saying NO is ok.

We have to organise ourselves to get things done.  Here are some habits that you 

might want to do to maintain organisation without spending too much time on trying to 

get organised.

First, Use a paper planner or notebook to write lists and organise thoughts.  Electronic reminders and notes can be overlooked.  You can see the bigger picture on paper.  It’s also very satisfying to cross off jobs when completed. 

Secondly, Do you work more efficiently in the morning?  Then, do the jobs that require the most energy or brainpower in the morning.

Third, learn to ask for help.  Asking for assistance should not mean that you are not 

capable of getting the job done.  If you have a plan in place, you should be able to see 

that there are some parts of the job that you shouldn't be doing.  Your time and talent is 

best deployed.  This applies both personally and professionally.

Fourth, Whether the task is large or small, it needs a beginning, middle and an end.   By the completion of the job, those items that could have been done more efficiently will be apparent.  You are also likely to remember what happened on a daily basis if you have a written schedule and make notes at the end of each day what went well and what didn't.

Fifth, sometimes the job is overwhelming. In this case breaking the job down into smaller components will make it more manageable.  The main reason that we do not start jobs is because we just do not know where to start.  If you have a step by step plan this becomes easier.


Keep in mind that you will become better at time management as you learn to work with 

a schedule.  You will find that some things that work for you now will have to be 

modified or completely changed later.  

However, the overall practice of having a 

schedule in place will automatically give you the opportunity to actually remember what 

you need to do and to complete those tasks, even if it does need to be altered a bit as time 

goes on.

Don't hide under the covers hoping that something magical will happen to that room that needs cleaning or the meeting that needs to be 

organised.  Get out there and do it!