Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Time Management

When we manage our time more effectively and efficiently, we could reduce stress and frustration, we can become more confident and feel better. It means changing those habits or activities that cause waste of time. It is being willing to adopt habits and methods to make maximum use of time.

Virtually all high-ranking executive and technical leaders get to where they are by having some strong skills in time management, whether they achieve this through formal study or come by the talents intuitively. The greatest leaders and most successful software engineers and architects are goal-oriented.

The theory was that if you could just organize your time around your larger goals, everything else would follow. The secret of goal-centric time management is fundamentally to understand your goals and the tasks you need to complete to achieve those goals. If you don’t develop that clarity, little things, urgent things, will always fill your time at work and distract you from what’s truly important.

Task-centric time management is about understanding the set of tasks you need to complete over the course of days and weeks, and prioritizing them on a daily basis. Task-centric time management helps people prioritize their days and their weeks, but it might not help organize longer-term objectives over the course of a career. That’s why twenty-first century time management has largely evolved into a blend of the two strategies.

Goal-centric time management is necessary at the macro level over months and years, to keep you focused on the critical success factors that are necessary to achieve your most important goals. Task-centric time management helps you get through your week. Managing our time throughout the day is important, and that’s where task-centric management helps. Listing the items that need doing and completing them in priority order is a tried-and-true method for getting things done.

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