What is time management?
Many people have the feeling that they have no time or that time passes too quickly. Almost everyone knows the feeling of being pressed for time or having too many tasks for the time available. However, what we use our time for, how we prioritise the things we spend time on and whether we really “have no time” is often a conscious or even unconscious decision. Therefore, it can be helpful to focus on what we use our available time for, and it is also important to identify “time thieves”. This makes it possible to put the emphasis back on personal responsibility and to optimise our own time organisation processes. Time management techniques and methods help us to structure the working day efficiently, eliminate time thieves and optimise our own work processes. In this way, perceived time pressure and the experience of stress are reduced and more time competence, i.e. the self-determined use of time, is achieved.
Which time thieves "steal" our time?
“Time thieves” or “time eaters” are things that tend to turn up unexpectedly in the course of everyday work. They are not usually particularly important but distract us for a certain amount of time. They disrupt concentration and make it difficult to use our working time efficiently. Therefore, it is important to recognise our own time thieves and reduce them as much as possible. To do this, it is helpful to write down for a week what you did, how much time you spent on it and how important the individual activities actually were.
Time management techniques to try out