Six common time management misbeliefs

Sometimes, life moves so quickly that you have to pause and ask yourself, have I truly used my time efficiently, or have my tasks and responsibilities consumed me? Check out these six common misbeliefs about time management and how to overcome them!

Misbelief 1: “The purpose of time management is to complete more tasks within a short period of time and improve one’s working efficiency”

On the contrary, the purpose of improving one’s time management is to enjoy life and find a decent work/life balance. A good time manager has the ability to be more flexible and creates time in his/her life to enjoy other activities — not just work.

Misbelief 2: “Evenings are not the most productive time to work”

Although in the evening one’s body is in a state of recuperation and repair from the day’s physical and psychological grind, evenings are still considered to be the best time to work by many. A good rest from the previous day can keep your evening energetic still. While working late at night might cause an individual to lose sleep, some individuals do claim that nighttime is the period of the day when they are most alert. So, rejoice! Working in the evenings could be fun too, and that feeling of having pushed your limits will only make you feel better.

Misbelief 3: “Understanding the pace at which you work is not necessary to achieve success.”

It is wise to know your work rhythm before setting/executing plans. For example, knowing the length of time and period of the day in which you can remain focused is extremely important, because when working with a team, you will know how much you can contribute to the group’s work efforts. Comprehending the rhythm at which you work improves your efficiency.

Misbelief 4: “There is no need to summarize experiences once tasks have been accomplished.”

If you get in the habit of making regular summaries of your achievements, you will increase personal improvement, and you will solidify your newfound skills. When you summarize your experiences you reinforce good practices that helped you achieve tasks better and not-so-good practices that should be avoided in future.

Misbelief 5: “Determination means success.”

Do not expect determination, alone, to help you achieve success. You might be determined to execute a plan that just leads you to the wrong destination. In that case it is anything but absolute success in achieving wrong results. Determination can do wonders if you keep evolving your plans and re-validate them every now and then.

Misbelief 6: “Plans must be accomplished otherwise they are failures.”

If you’re working in a fast-paced environment, your agenda may be constantly evolving. Many people create a very strict time management plan that they can stick to for a few days or even a few weeks; however, once an unfinished project appears, an individual will see their time management plan as a failure. Nevertheless, the core of time management is to effectively resolve time conflicts. There might be no perfect solution if a project deadline is looming ahead; however, sometimes time management plans must be rearranged at the very last minute, and handling such conflicts is not that easy but can be mastered over time.

So, have you been caught by any of these six misbeliefs? It’s not too late to change your beliefs! And if you still don’t find enough time to complete your core tasks, then you can consider delegating your tasks to someone within your own company or to someone from outside your company. Tasko is one solution to help you free up your time. We hope this helps you manage time better. If you find it useful then do share it with your colleagues and friends. We keep posting such useful articles and tips to help you work better. Stay tuned for more :) Cheers!