Developing Time Management Skills
Oct. 3, 2017
You’ve heard the old adage … there are never enough hours in the day. In today’s hustling and bustling world, it’s easy to often times become overwhelmed in feeling you simply have too much to do in too little a time. That certainly can be the case when pursuing a health care education.
We don’t want our students at Concorde to feel overwhelmed while pursuing a health care education. Attaining a health care education is a lot of hard work, but it can be a manageable workload if handled properly and time is used wisely.
So, we went to some experts for some tips on time management and developing good time management skills. These skills can make a big difference in attaining that health care education comfortably, or weathering the storm of feeling overwhelmed all the time.
Try these out. They just might work.
Developing time management skills for health care education
Stacie Williams, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in San Antonio, listed the following tips for developing time management skills.
- Set your goal. What do you want to accomplish?
- Determine your primary goals and start with those.
- Keep a calendar to plan out small steps to achieving your goal.
- Execute these small steps. Try not to fall behind.
- Delegate when necessary.
6 more tips to improve time management skills while pursuing health care education
The website, Psychcentral.com, listed six tips which will help you maintain good time management skills and help reduce stress from your daily life.
- Make a list. The thing about making lists is you actually have to use them. However, make sure your lists are attainable.
- Set deadlines. Most important, try your best to stick to them. Set your deadline a few days before the task absolutely has to be done. This allows for the possibility that something will get in the way, but will allow you to get the task done.
- Stop multi-tasking. Our minds work better when we are truly able to focus and concentrate on one thing.
- Delegate responsibilities. No matter how good we are, we can’t do everything. Delegation is not a sign of weakness, but of intelligence. Find competent, reliable people and share some of the responsibilities.
- Use your downtime. This requires some balance. Using all downtime for planning and prioritizing is bad and can lead to increased stress and burnout. If you have opportunities to get things done, use them, but also remember to save time for relaxation.
- Reward yourself. When you accomplish something, celebrate it!
5 smart tips for time management
The publication Essentials of Business listed some simple shifts in thinking that can help you get a handle on your time and use it more productively.
- Organize your to-do list. Get your to-dos on paper. Organize them by type. Then, schedule it and commit to using time on a specific day to complete the task.
- Attack one type of action at a time. Flitting from making phone calls, to writing proposals, to answering emails is less than productive. Try completing one type of tasks before starting on another.
- Eliminate distractions. This sounds simple enough, but eliminating all interruptions is nearly impossible. But block out time each day where you’re not to be disturbed. Schedule a short block of time for social networks … and, stay off them otherwise.
- Plan for – and take – breaks. It is important to relax during the day. You’ll actually recharge and be more productive when you return.
- Communicate. Don’t forget to check in with others. Get in the habit of asking yourself if whatever you’re doing is the best use of your time. If not, shift to something else.