There are 24 hours in a day, during which time you must meet your personal and work responsibilities as well as eat and sleep. For most people, it's very easy to simply run out of time in the day, especially if you have a particularly challenging job and need to juggle it with personal and family obligations.
Time management involves carefully analyzing how you currently spend every minute of your day and then determining ways you can make better use of those minutes. This often includes eliminating many or all of the time wasters that each of us must contend withon a daily basis. It also involves learning to set priorities and better focus on tasks and obligations at hand, while not getting bogged down with irrelevant details or trying to take on too much as once.
Studies show that most highly productive managers have learned to take on only about three major tasks or priorities each day. By spending time focusing on only a few important tasks at once (plus lesser important obligations), it's easier to focus your attention and dedicate the time necessary to accomplish what needs to get done. The result of taking on only a few important tasks at once is that these people are able to accomplish more on a consistent basis,and maintain a more motivated attitude, because by the end of each day they can always measure their positive results.
One of the biggest reasons why people never achieve their goals and never seem to have time in their day to accomplish what they need or want to do is because of a lack of organization. In your life, you can physically organize your workspace (your office, desk, file cabinets, paperwork, electronic files, etc.) and your home to provide for a more relaxed and productive environment. You can also organize how you spend your time.
Organization goes hand-in-hand with time management, goal setting, and proper planning. Just about everyone is surrounded by clutter, including mail, paperwork, e-mails, phone messages, magazines, newspapers, industry publications, and bills. One of the best ways to become more organized and save time is to eliminate as much clutter in your life as possible. Without clutter, whether it's physical clutter in the form of piles of paper, or more abstract mental clutter, you'll be able more easily to focus your time and energies on what's important in your personal and work life.
note: originally posted at Exposeknowledge.com under the same author.