Time management is the act of planning, controlling and finally executing specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity. It applies to a wide usage area starting from personal time organization and up to business related time management. For the best results and the biggest efficiency dedicated time management software should be used.
A time management system is a combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods. There are many books and case studies focusing on these notions.
Personal Time Management
The notion of time management was initially used in business related area but in time the term started to also be used for personal activities. People started to be interested on it when they felt the need to be more organized and more productive. It all happens when you start working all day long and at the end you wonder why you haven’t accomplished much.
Time management methodologies consist of a series of habits and good practices which help you to get more organized. The most used and well known time management methodologies are GTD and ZTD. Getting Things Done (GTD) was created by David Allen and it is based on the following principles:
- do not use your memory to collect your ideas, tasks and arrangements
- do not delay decisions on what to do next
- if you can complete a certain task in less than 2 minutes, do it now