What is time management?

Time management is a simple and powerful idea. It’s about regarding your time as though it were as tangible and as limited as your money in the bank. There’s only so much of it, it quickly disappears and you want to get the most out of it that you possibly can. By using a little of this precious asset to seriously address how to use the rest of it, you can find that you get a lot more done in your set working hours, and that your work is better focused and more effective. Good time management can make you more productive, make your work more enjoyable and help you strike a better work–life balance

Time management training is big business. No doubt a lot of the training courses on offer online and in magazines are worthwhile, and probably the vast majority will suit some people. But many make the mistake of thinking that people are alike and jobs are alike, when actually a lot of good management and team-building training is about working with different types of people with different attitudes and motivations. Teams thrive when their members have a variety of different approaches. People need to find the way to manage their time that suits them. 

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