Watch out for negative effects of time management
Too much of anything can be bad. The same applies to Time
In any organization if you don't have processes to improve
efficiency you have chaos. But the moment you start enforcing process you turn
into bureaucracy. The challenge is to have a balance. Have a good enough system
that prevents going to the extremes that sustain values by which the business is
Time Management efforts are to improve efficiency and
effectiveness of how you manage your work and personal life. It should help you
If you feel that trying to follow time management is causing
you stress instead of eliminating the same, watch what you are doing. This can
happen when you take the practice to extremes.
I have felt these negative effects sometimes.
For Example, you might one particular task you have been
planning to do is long overdue and you start getting worrying that you are
loosing touch on your time management practice.
This is when it comes to personal values and self
introspection. When it is not easy to think whether to give up a particular task
or not that is when the you start questioning basis for doing the same.
A few negative effects you may want to watch for are:
- Regret that you are not able to achieve goals (your goals to
reach are too many)
- Overload of work to do too many things (you start taking things you don't have
- Stress due to backlog ( you are slipping on lot of tasks on your to do list)
We also need to develop lot of patience and long term thinking
to achieve your goals. People take years to develop the discipline. Don't expect
to master this skill in few months and expect miracles to happen.
You also don't have to spend lot of money in getting
organized. A simple and plain method that suits your needs is good enough.
You don't have to go wireless devices if you don't have a need to access e-mail
all the time.
Also make sure you read other tips I have written previously.
You can read around 50 tips written so far here
so that you retain the right perspective on time management.