Decision Making and its' application to Time Management

April 9, 2024
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Written by Charley VAW

Several types of decisions help reduce the stress of urgency, deadlines, and high demands on your time. Poor allocation of your time is the result of poor decisions and can lead to mistakes as you progress toward your goals. Errors take time to correct and can lead to an ongoing cycle of more stress, greater urgency, and ultimately more mistakes. Decision-making is crucial to time management.

· DECIDING ON NOW - We all share the same amount of linear time dictated by clocks and calendars. Nobody has more hours in a day or days in the year than anyone else. However, time is also a subjective experience of what is happening to you right now. Deciding to focus primarily on your subjective experience of time in the present moment, and only secondarily on your clock and calendar deadlines, gives you flexibility to get more done in a scheduled time frame. For example, a two-hour meeting will be two hours long no matter what happens during it. However, the value of the meeting isn't controlled by how long it lasts but by how focused, productive and results-oriented the participants are.

· ALIGNING PRIORITIES - Choosing what is most important gives you a structure by which you can organise your day. Your daily tasks may change, but your top goals and values are more important and lasting. Your priorities, then, are the tasks that most align with your goals and values. The less control you have over your priorities, the more likely it is that you'll spend too much time on distractions rather than productive activities. Taking time to decide on, and regularly review, your professional and organisational goals and values will help you prioritise your daily to-do list, while helping you realise and eliminate less important tasks and distractions that may be intruding on your time.

· LIGHTENING THE LOAD - Delegating or automating some of the tasks you are responsible for is crucial to time management. Whether to outsource tasks, automate a process within your department, use technology to streamline some of your routine work, enlist help on tasks or delegate them to employees/outsourced VA’s, are decisions that apply to how you manage your personal workload. Pacing yourself and staying on top of your work can keep you in control of your schedule. You can stay focused more on the appointments and activities most aligned with your goals.

· LIFESTYLE DECISIONS - Your overall lifestyle decisions contribute to your level of effective time management on and off the job. Eating the right things, getting enough rest, staying hydrated and exercising can help you sharpen your mind, have more energy and improve your problem-solving abilities. Scheduling quality family time, personal growth activities such as reading or meditation, hobbies, fun with friends, or the occasional work trip can help ensure you have balance in your life. This can lead to better decisions on the job and less stress about time.

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