We are blessed to live in a world where we have the luxury of using various tools, techniques and resources that help us manage our time effectively. However, most of us are still struggling while trying to balance or juggle between different activities. Effective time management ensures that the right amount of time is allocated to the right activity.
In the era of 1950-60, time management was one dimensional. It was performed based on efficiency. The idea then was to develop tools that help us get over our “to do” list faster, leaving us with more time. These tools were based on practical experiences in the form of Do’s and Don’ts. However, it was not feasible to carry such tools with us all the time.
In the 80s, late Dr. Stephen Covey came up with this brilliant two dimensional idea to manage time by ranking our tasks based on urgency (how soon does it matter) and importance (how much does it matter). Such an approach helps us to prioritise our tasks and work on them accordingly that ultimately resulted in getting the valuable work done. However, this approach does not help us in creating more time. Prioritising is valuable but it’s like borrowing time from one activity and spending on another.
With the emergence of a three dimensional thinking which says tasks to be performed should be based not only on urgency and importance but also on longevity, i.e., how long does it matter. What’s the most important thing I can do today that can make my tomorrow better?
We don’t live in clock time but in real time. Time management is no longer just logical but also emotional. Our feelings of guilt, anxiety, frustration dictate our priorities and how we choose to spend our time. Therefore in order to manage our time efficiently, we should be good at self-management.