Do you know how long it really takes for you to complete a given task or project?
Time management is something that many professionals struggle with and it’s an area that can really inhibit your success, whatever your career niche or profession happens to be.
Time tracking is a very effective tool that can help you schedule your time more effectively, while enabling you to identify areas where you can delegate tasks to others.
The problem surrounds your perception of time. Our perception of time is generally quite inaccurate. There are a number of things that can impact our perception of time, including:
-the environment that surrounds you
-the activity or task
-your mood, emotions and mental state
-whether you like or dislike the activity or task
-your stress levels
-your mental acuity and alertness
-the actual length of the task or activity;
Your perception of time really varies according to a number of factors. Stress can make time seem to pass very quickly, especially when you’re in a hurry to get a task completed. Conversely, boredom and involvement in a less-than-pleasant task can alter your perception of time, making a given timeframe seem much longer than it actually is. In cases of severe, profound stress, many say that time seems to move in slow motion.
Perception of time is a very dynamic, fluid concept and it’s easy to unwittingly under-estimate or over-estimate the amount of time required to complete a project or task. This can result in scheduling conflicts and even frustrated clients, who may experience delays because you’ve under-estimated the amount of time you needed to tend to the matter at hand.
Time tracking is a simple practice of recording the time that you start and finish a task, thereby providing you with a more realistic view of how long you spend on a given project.
Time tracking makes you a more effective scheduler, but it also enables you to identify situations where you’re wasting time or spending time on time-consuming tasks where you could benefit from delegating that project to another person.
In addition, you may wish to try a time management strategy known as time blocking. Read this related article to learn more about time blocking and how it works.
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