Widely considered a vital skill for workers, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a tight schedule, time management is something that many swear by. A recent study finally looked at the importance of time management for balanced productivity and analyzed whether or not the legendary practice could live up to its fame. The results showed that indeed people who practice time management benefited from work productivity. But, what else?
Benefits of Time Management in the Workplace
The benefits of time management span beyond helping people complete tasks on time. Time management seems to be the holy grail of skills, from mental health and well-being benefits to physical improvements and career growth opportunities.
1. May Ease Work-Related Stress
The results from the study showed that time management has an impact on overall well-being, with most participants reporting better life satisfaction. With almost 83% of the US workforce struggling with stress, teaching and adapting time management skills can help reduce burnout symptoms.
2. Improves Quality of Life
Work-related stress often causes disturbances in workers’ personal life. Spending more time with the family might be challenging if you’re constantly trying to catch up with deadlines. Time management means you can finally plan effectively and end your workdays on time to find a better work-life balance.
3. Increases Quality of Work
Time management helps reduce procrastination and improves concentration, which can help increase the quality of work. When you are less stressed about finishing all their tasks at once, you are more likely to focus better on the task at hand.
4. Helps You Make Better Decisions
Poor time management can lead to making last-minute decisions that might not be the best ones. When you don’t have the time to analyze a problem or work through a job, you’re more likely to make mistakes. Time management helps balance productivity and helps you take your time during the decision-making process.
5. Promotes Productivity
Lastly, time management helps with productivity. When you’re organized, structured, and have everything planned, you’re able to focus better on your entire day and workload. The best part about time management is that it increases productivity in a controlled and organized way, so you aren’t necessarily doing more work, but you are doing it more efficiently.
How to Adapt a Time Management Strategy
Not every method of time management works for everyone. Some people like to use planners, and others prefer to keep an agenda or maybe a digital time tracker. Experiment with different time management strategies to see which one works for you. The goal is to prioritize important tasks, set time aside for “free will” or “leisure,” and organize your days ahead of time to prepare yourself for the day better.
–Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with other service providers