Golf club managers always seem short of time. Too many say they are unable to find the time to attend business meetings and to network, let alone play golf. But how many actively manage their time to give themselves a fighting chance? 'Time management' is the process of planning and controlling how much time to spend on specific tasks. Good time management allows a manager to complete more in a shorter time, lowers levels of stress, and leads to better management. The ability to manage your time effectively is an important management tool. Successful time management leads to better efficiency, better productivity, less stress, less wasted time and more success in every sense. Some implications of poor time management are: - The inability to plan ahead and stick to goals, resulting in poor efficiency. For instance, if there are several important tasks to complete, an effective plan would be to complete similar tasks first. If you do not plan ahead, instead of jumping from one task to another, it can lead to low productivity and workflow. Poor time management also results in wasted time. For example, by talking on the telephone while doing an assignment, you are distracting yourself and wasting time. By not knowing what the next task is, or not formulating a plan on how to achieve your target, you suffer from loss of control of the situation which can contribute to higher stress and anxiety. Poor time management will also make the quality of your work suffer as attempting to complete tasks at the last-minute compromises quality. To counteract these negative time management traits some ideas you could try to manage your time more effectively would be to: - Set goals that are achievable and measurable to improve time management. Use the SMART method when setting goals. In essence, make sure the goals you set are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Separate your tasks on how important and urgent they are, for example, look at your daily tasks and determine which are: Important and urgent: Do these tasks right away. Important but not urgent: Decide when to do these tasks. Urgent but not important: Delegate these tasks if possible. Not urgent and not important: Do these tasks later. Setting a time limit will cause you to be more focused and efficient. For instance, instead of working on a project and thinking of doing it until it’s done, set a limit of, say, three hours. When doing a lot of tasks without a break, it is harder to stay focused and motivated. Allow some downtime between tasks by performing some mind-clearing exercises like taking a quick break, going for a short walk, or meditating. Use a calendar and write down the deadline for projects or tasks on them. Determine which days should be dedicated to which tasks. It is important to remove excess activities or tasks that add no value. Determine what is significant and what deserves your time. Removing non-essential tasks/activities frees up more time. Make...
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