TIME – CAN IT BE MANAGED?
Reams have been written about virtues of time management but given the present status of all professionals, there is a feeling that we have not moved an inch. The general refrain is that the person is too busy & cannot find time for lots of his critical tasks, inclusive of strategic planning, proper documentation, maintaining professional interfaces leave aside the demands of the family and the like. With all this, very rarely anybody is missing his meals or social engagements, which he intends to attend to. There is somewhere an element of choice in what one intends to do and what he decides to forego.
If the tasks have the passion & conviction, it generates a never say never die approach, which forces you to deliver all that is required out of you and that too on the timeline prescribed and of the acceptable quantity. This is crux of time management which textbooks and workshops don’t teach. Time management is what we learn on our own and keep improving upon incrementally as we move ahead in life, finally finding an equilibrium for oneself and then you surge ahead in a manner, which even you would have not imagined.
The gap between the competences / effort and the goals to be realised is the gap, what we call as time management . A typist typing at a speed of 60 words a minute with no mistake will certainly be a better time manager that the one who who types at a speed of 20 words a minute, for the same nature of job demanded. If bigger challenges are thrown up, he would be better placed to take up that challenge and deliver. This is always the gap between the winner and the also rans. All of us know who delivers in every organisation / setting / context & also in the wider world.
The capability to manage time at the end of the day is the synthesis of competencies, effort and attitude. The rule book does not take is anywhere, nor does the effort and manpower calculation. Everyone has his model or the lack of it.
PASSION & CONVICTION ALWAYS EXTRACT THE WORK OUT OF YOU. THE REAL TIME MANAGERS.