Do you often feel like you have more things to do than you have time to do them? Time is arguably our most precious resource, it’s limited. When used wisely, it helps to cope effectively with the varied demands of ones life. Implementing good Time management allows one to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. This could give some breathing time. This extra time, aids in making better choices, reduce unnecessary stress, be more efficient and effective in aspects of life, which were neglected before. Research indicates that Time management skills improves the Work Life Balance which in turn makesone feelfulfilledand satisfied in life.When one doesn’t accomplish what they truly want, they may soon start feeling confused, compromised, and eventually frustrated.
Managing time is a skill, which can be learned and developed irrespective of ones age. These skills help maintain a good Work Life Balance. Many people make the mistake of using time management techniques that worked for their friends or families. Disappointments happenas the goals differ from person to person and as a result the techniques should differ too. Anyone in such situations can benefit by seeking assistance from a counsellor.
As we all know the key to Work Life Balance isTime management. It leads to higher productivity and a disciplined life.Time Management improves the many different aspects of an individual’s life and keeps it going in a constant cycle. Counsellors help design Time Management programs that best fits an individual’s needs.
While working with individuals with Work Life issues, counsellors use various strategies and techniques to help improve one’s time management skills both at work and home. The first step to Time Management is setting goals for oneself. Setting goals is crucial. Success is guaranteed, if the goals have well defined parameters, more realistic and measurable. The more achievable they are, the greater chances of reaching them. For an individual, goals could vary from completing a particular project at work, building new relationships or completing a 10k run. Assigning realistic priorities to each task once the goal is identified helps achieving ones goals. For example: One may need to workout everyday ahead of time, to be physically strong to complete the city marathon. An appropriate saying by Alan Lakein, a time management expert that, “Failing to plan is planning to Fail”. Secondly, accepting responsibility on how one spends time, helps control one’s own life. As long as the blame is on others for ones own wrong time management choice, one will have little opportunity to improve their lives. In addition to the above, the counselor might have to work on the skill of saying “No”, as simple as it sounds is the most difficult aspect of Time management for many. Without the skill of saying “No” all other Time Management behaviors are of little value. It includes, being clear what you want and communicating the same to others when evaluating their request. Being aware on ones own needs helps individuals to exercise greater control over their lives. In addition it is helpful to master the skill of delegation. When one is overwhelmed with work, be it in office or in personnel life, delegation helps. Some are uncomfortable and unsure to ask others for help and also doubt if others can do the task well. Delegation helps in Time management, in other words it helps in getting things done on time. For example: 60 percent of women older than age 16 also work outside the home according to the US department of Labor. This leaves many women struggling to fulfill dual roles as bread earners and homemakers. If they are able to delegate some responsibility to family and friends, work life balance improves resulting in a more effective and efficient parent. As a part of the process the counselor may work on analyzing the individual’s habits. Separating the good from the not so good habits and then working on the not so good habits.For example: habits like procrastination come in the way of Work Life Balance. Lastly, most Time Management experts suggest that, one needs to organize and declutter the space where they live and work. Studies show one can waste valuable time each day searching for items that gets lost in the shuffles of our lives, hence this indirectly impacts the time management of the individual. Once, the Time-management tools have been recommended by your counselor it’s advisable to put them in practice and stick to them. Things will change, making one feel more in control over many aspects of your life, a key to Work Life balance.
If at any point of time, you are feeling overwhelmed in your professional or personal life and unsure what to do,contact our counsellor Vinti Mittal at Vinti@tenderagecounselling.com and let her help you.