Identify the main skills required for effective time management to achieve organisation and personal objectives. Evaluate time management techniques.
Firstly we must define what is meant by time management. Wilson describes time management as “…balancing all of the things that have to be done…”. This is a very basic and rudimentary interpretation but as with many simplified explanations this is, at a basic level an accurate description. There are many figures in the management world who would dispute this as being vastly oversimplified, however, no mater what description you prescribe to, when broken down into there component parts most relate to this one simple statement.
Whilst individual authors will attempt to summarise the exact personal skills required to be an effective time manager, there is little agreement on the exact nature of the skills required. There are a plethora of writings and theories relating to effective time management such as the pickle jar theory, pareto`s 80/20 principle and the ABC analysis. Dependant on which theoretic time management model you prescribe to, you may find that different skills are brought to the for. There is consensus however; that a selection of skills are of importance to enable you to successfully manage time, albeit it the degree of importance according to individual authors varies. Time management can be viewed on two levels the individual approach to personal time management and the organisations holistic view of successful time management.
Ultimately time management must be viewed holistically for an organisation but it can only ever be as effective as its component parts. In the case of time management the component parts are the individuals within an organisation. Personal time management could be argued as being the cornerstone of organisational success. Managers and leaders should strive to instil a high level of personal discipline in their staff to ensure a productive use of time. To...