Time management is a skill that will pay dividends forever. It’s one of those skills that, if you don’t master it, you’ll be paying for it personally and professionally. But so many people actually have poor time management! So, how are you at managing your time? Are you great at time management – or do your time management skills need a bit of a boost?

The reality is we all have the same amount of time available to use each day. However, for some people, that’s a good thing – whilst others, not so much!  If you’re not sure how effective your time management skills are, take a look at these 7 poor time management traits, and see if any of them ring true for you.

#1: Taking on too much

This is a common sign of poor time management mistake – especially women and anyone looking to prove their worth. Taking on too much can be a sign of self-worth issues, and this desire to do it all feeds our need to feel needed, indispensable and worthy. For others, it can be a sign of poor communication or an issue letting people down.

#2: Doing it all yourself – a stealth sign of poor time management!

This is often another way we take on too much. Again, this can be due to self-belief issues and a need to be in control – but it can also be a result of us believing we’re the only ones who can do a good job.

#3: Perfectionism 

We all want to do a good job, but the secret is knowing when to stop. It’s easy to end up spending too much time trying to get things perfect – when perfect doesn’t exist. There’s nothing wrong with having standards, but you also need to learn when enough is enough and when you need to let go and move on.

#4: Not giving yourself sufficient time 

This often hits on two levels – the first is bad calendar management and the other is unrealistic timescales. A typical example of bad calendar management is not giving yourself room for overlap on scheduled appointments or forgetting to add travel time between meetings. As for unrealistic timescales, this could be down to you underestimating the time needed to complete a job at quote stage, or being overconfident in your skills and/or available resources.

#5: Multitasking is not a poor time management solution

If you’re multitasking, you’re going to lose time. Not only does switching between tasks eat into your available time, but multitasking also means you’re not giving something your total focus. This often leads to missed deadlines, poor performance and a sure sign of poor time management.

#6: Not prioritising tasks

It’s good to have a task list, but if you’re not prioritising it, everything on it will seem urgent! This leads to overwhelm, procrastination, frustration and stress.

#7: Forgetting about your needs

When you’re struggling with poor time management, it’s often your health that suffers. Simply put, if you want to be healthy, you need to allocate some of your available time to your needs. This includes time for exercise, healthy eating and taking regular breaks.

Why you need to change your poor time management

From a career standpoint, you need to improve your poor time management, otherwise, it’s going to start impacting negatively on your progression in business and your chosen career path. Practically speaking, time is something you have to master, as there are only 24 hours in a day, and you physically cannot change that!

However, it’s not just your career where your poor time management is having an impact. It’s also affecting your health and personal life too. Often, relationships start to suffer as you take the associated stress and frustrations home with you. Your own self-esteem takes a nosedive and this can lead to you beginning to question why your life isn’t headed where you want it to go.

You’re aware of poor time management – but now what?

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, time management is a skill that will pay dividends forever. If you’re struggling with poor time management, the good news is – it’s a skill you can learn. So, if you’re not a natural master of managing time, there’s plenty of online resources to help point you in the right direction. 

If you’re located in or near Coventry, check out my latest time management workshop! It’s perfect if you’re struggling with poor time management, as well as those looking to master their time. This workshop will help you identify where you’re going wrong with your time management, translate it into a practical plan and give you an action plan to improve your skills. Plus you’ll get lots of tips and advice, so you’ll leave with a more strategic focus, increased confidence and lots of ideas to implement! This half-day workshop, entitled How to Manage Your Time More Effectively is being held in Ansty on the 14th November 2019, starting at 9.30am. You’ll find all the details here.

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