The “busy statement” has become the new norm–especially in the face of working a challenging job or a managing a time-consuming job search. Being too busy is a trap we’ve all fallen burden to on occasion. But are we really as busy as we say we are?
While it’s highly unlikely that whoever you’re stating your busyness to would argue otherwise–it’s time to evaluate your time management skills.
Why So Busy?
Let’s get to the heart of this issue. Which part–or parts–of your life is/are causing you to be overly busy? For many, the answer is related to their current employment situation and it’s important to realize you’re not alone in this predicament. You might be working late, working on the weekend, or even juggling multiple jobs. There’s also the chance you’ve got a lot going on outside the office. All this of this generally meshes together to create a big ball of stress and busyness that is hard to manage without direct action.
But let’s not forget all the other things keeping you from actually accomplishing your daily tasks. Some of the most common culprits include interruptions, indecision, lack of planning, and lack of organization.
Once you’ve assessed the root of your busy schedule, you can can make an objective statement of what you’d like to accomplish with your newfound time management habits. This will be your foundation for actually getting things done.
Understanding Time Management
Simply put, time management is the act of organizing the 24 hours you’re allotted each day to ensure efficiency. From afar, it may sound like just another concept to clog up your day, but it’s easily broken down into a these basic principles:
1. Keeping a list of your tasks or activities
2. Prioritization of deadlines
3. Organization of goals
Really–it’s that simple. It may take some adjustment and getting used to when it comes to nailing down the best time management plan for your needs, but its success is completely up to you.