Making Time Work For You
by Melissa Goodwin

Time Management has five steps: patience, analysis, flexibility, awareness, and information. Effective time management also includes the process of monitoring, analyzing, and revising a plan until it works.

Patience: Managing time requires effective planning. This skill takes practice and polish to acquire. People often stop trying to manage time because they assume that making a plan ends the process.

Analysis: Another difficult aspect of time management includes effective self-monitoring. Time must be allocated each day to evaluate the plan. Thoughtful analysis for why a time plan works or does not work provides the key to continuous improvement of the skills.

Flexibility: Any time plan becomes doomed if written in stone. Change is a part of life. By expecting the unexpected and building flexibility into a time plan, the chance of achieving one’s goals increases dramatically and consistently.

Awareness: Grouping time management and learning skills are often grouped together for a good reason. First, plan how to use time. Second, monitor the plan to see if it works. Third, analyze why the plan works or does not work.

Information: Learning to manage time is an on-going process. The more strategies one knows for managing time, the easier to adapt to new challenges, such as working around exams, full-time jobs, or family life. Time management is a valuable asset in the working world.

Time management skills build confidence to face new situations. Mastering time management skills involves planning, monitoring, analyzing, and revising, but for those who accomplish the task, the rewards are well worth the effort.

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