Consequences of ineffective time management
Time cannot be multiplied, conserved, or saved. Time slips away and on some days you realize that you no longer have enough of it to do what you still want to do or have to do. The questions of how to deal with this precious resource of time, how to allocate it, for which activities to use it, are not so easy to answer.
Time is perceived differently. Objectively, every person has 24 hours of time per day. But: from a subjective point of view, each person has a different amount of time; how much time depends on priorities, the type of person, the type of activities, and on how one divides and plans one’s time. Some people can become absorbed in a task and forget about time. Others take on more and more tasks and feel time slipping away so quickly that they become stressed.
Many complain that their lives are moving faster and faster, that stress is increasing, tasks are becoming more and more varied and one deadline follows the next. The individual feels overwhelmed. This is where time management comes in. It aims to teach simple rules and methods on how the many demands of work and private life can be managed better and ideally stress-free.
The consequences of ineffective time management
Ineffective time management techniques influence your performance, increase the pressure to perform, decrease your productivity and thus your success. If you don’t take the principles and methods of time management to heart and implement them, you will suffer from the following consequences:
- less overview of pending work
- unclear priorities so that you sometimes forget important stuff
- less freedom for creativity and important tasks
- personal and professional goals are not achieved
- your stress increases
- less free time and more meaningful leisure activities
What are the consequences of ineffective time management
Poor quality of work
If you try to complete tasks at the last minute, you will almost certainly sacrifice the quality of your work for speed. You can avoid this by leaving enough time to check for errors and make last-minute changes at the end of each day.
It happens to even the best of us. Sometimes you get too much work, and then it’s inevitable that you miss the deadline for one of those jobs. That’s why it’s important to set a schedule with priorities and cancel or delegate unnecessary tasks.
Poor working relationships
Your poor time management can harm others, such as being late for a meeting. Good planning is a must if you want to avoid this kind of annoying situation. When working, always plan enough time for corrections, even if you don’t need them. It is better to be early rather than late!
Stephen R. Covey once told the following story.
One day an old professor was assigned to give a course in efficient time management to a group of business executives. This course made up one of five sessions of a seminar day, so the professor had only one hour to deliver his message.
Standing upright in front of this elite group, ready to write down everything the old professor said, the lecturer slowly looked one by one into the eyes, finally announcing slowly: “We are going to do a little experiment with each other.”
The old professor carefully placed a large glass jug on the table and filled it with about a dozen tennis-ball-sized stones, which he thoughtfully placed in the glass jug until the jug was filled to the brim and there was no more room inside. Then the old professor raised his head: “Is the jar full?” he asked. Everyone answered, “Yes!” He waited and inquired, “Is it?”
He then bent down, took out a jar of pebbles, and thoughtfully filled the glass jar – stirred – refilled – until the pebbles filled all the gaps.
The old professor raised his head again and asked, “Is the jar full?” The participants were uneasy – one answered, “Probably not.” – “Good,” the professor replied. He bent down and, this time, fetched a bucket of sand. Thoughtfully, he poured the sand into the glass jug. The sand prepared to fill the spaces between the large stones and the gravel.
Once again, the professor asked, “Is the jar full?” – Without hesitation, all the students replied, “No!” – “Good.” Just as if the highly praised students expected a continuation, the professor took a jug of water and poured the water into the jug until the jug was full to the brim. Now the professor stood up and asked the group, “What is this experiment trying to tell us?”
The bravest of the audience, considering the course topic, said, “It shows us that even when we think our calendar is full to the brim, we can still make more appointments and get things done if we want to.”
“No,” said the old professor – “That’s not the point. The great truth that this experiment shows us is this: If we don’t put the big stones in the jar first, we won’t put them in later, besides all the other things.” There followed a profound silence, the obviousness of his words shining through to everyone.
“What are the big stones in your life?” the professor asked. “Health? – Family? – Friends? – The realization of your dreams? – Doing what you like? Or: something completely different?”
“Take away from this that it is important to place the big stones in life first; otherwise, we run the risk of being unsuccessful. If we prioritize minor things, such as gravel, sand, and water, then we fill up our lives with them, and in the end, we lack the precious time to devote to the important aspects of our lives. So don’t forget to ask: What are the big stones in your life?”
So if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of ineffective time management do your own experiment and consider for this purpose:
- What are the big stones in your life?
- So what are the really important things in your life?
- Where are these important things in your schedule?
For personal time management, it is important to recognize what view you yourself have of time.
- What is the importance of appointments?
- What do you prefer to use time for?
- What is your relationship to the past, present and future?
I hope you enjoyed the Consequences Of Ineffective Time Management.