Time is an entirely human concept: humans defined time and stated that an hour has 60 minutes and a day has 24 hours. Everybody works according to this self-same system, so why is it that some people are able to get SO much done each day, but others hardly have time to get the basics done? How do they fit so much in to the same 24 hours as you? What they are doing differently?

In the end, it boils down to the proper management of time.

Time management is basically a conscious decision to plan and exercise control over the amount of time spent on various activities, specifically to increase efficiency, effectiveness and productivity to work smarter rather than harder.  It involves balancing responsibilities and demands made upon you by work, your social life, your family, your hobbies and your personal interests and commitments with the limited time available to us.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” Lao Tzu

In reality you cannot manage time itself. What you are really doing is managing is your own use of time, and that means constantly making decisions about what to do, when to do it and how much effort you are going to put into doing it. Time management is all about clarifying, organizing and implementing choices.

Step 1 – Clarify what needs to be done

Step 2 – Organise when everything needs to be done

Step 3 – Implement what needs to be done

By Debbie Taylor