Time Management Activities for Adults

Instructor: Anthony Aparicio

Tony taught Business and Aeronautics courses for eight years; he holds a Master's degree in Management and is completing a PhD in Organizational Psychology

If you are working full time, going to school, and/or supporting a family, you probably feel that you do not have enough time in the day. In this lesson, learn some tips to help manage your time wisely and feel more productive.

What is Time Management?

Time management is typically the process of attempting to control the amount of time spent on the many activities you complete each day. Ideally, by limiting the amount of time spent on each task, you will be able to complete more things and feel better. Unfortunately, this theory rarely works, but we will explore other tips that may just help you feel better at the end of the day.

Problems with Typical Time Management Tips

If you have tried other time management systems, you have probably experienced the frustrations that come along with the endless interruptions and constant feeling of being behind with no way of getting caught up. Common time management programs will make you cram in so many activities using spreadsheets or other technologies in order to fit more things into your busy day. What actually happens is that one interruption pushes back the entire schedule. The result is that you find that the more you try to fit in, the more you do not get a chance to complete and actually feel worse because there are so many things left undone.

Not Enough Time?
Time is Ticking

Realistic Time Management

The goal of a real time management plan is to feel good and know that you have achieved some level of success with the time you have. You are not able to adjust the amount of time you have, so you just need to feel that you are using time wisely.

At the beginning of each day, set aside some time to figure out what a successful day means to you. Prioritize the things you wish to accomplish and choose just a few things that can realistically be done during that day. You MUST allow some time for interruptions, emergencies, and other things that may occur. If you have a day where things are calm, then you have those optional things on your list that can be addressed.

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