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Time Management: more time, less stress

2016-06-03 Vicigo

In the modern-day world, work is becoming more fast-paced, tasks are growing multifaceted and more complex, yet the available amount of time at one’s disposal is not increasing at all. On the contrary: Deadlines are set for shorter periods of time, information is needed and wanted right away and goods are expected to be shipped on the same day as they are booked. In order to challenge the ever-increasing expectations and demands, as well as to withstand the stress and time pressure in daily life, the concept of ‘time-management’ is attracting more attention. Companies for one are trying to improve processes and tasks allocation, while employees on the other are giving their all to effectively manage their daily routine.

To be precise the term ‘time-management’ is a little misleading as time itself is neither a commodity nor a resource and cannot be simply ‘managed’. Time is continuously running and cannot be stopped, slowed down or accelerated, no matter the circumstances. Rather ‘time-management’ offers us ways to manage other resources as motivation, concentration or energy. Its goal is to better effectiveness and efficiency in order to improve productivity and performance throughout the day. The available time is to be used perfectly so as to complete tasks quickly and simply and to avoid unnecessary actions. In general, ‘time-management’ can be defined as the key to a well-organized daily work routine. Alongside a newly gained overview and control over one’s work environment, ‘time-management’ helps in avoiding stress and time pressure and creates new room for creativity as well as personal and professional development.

Nowadays, numerous methods and techniques for organizing your daily routines are being offered on the Internet, in literature or by consultants and coaches. Most people use To-Do lists which help create an overview of all outstanding tasks. Herewith, one can prioritise all tasks and make sure to finish all jobs in due time. The Eisenhower Method offers an advanced means to categorize all outstanding tasks in four groups from A to D. Tasks with the highest importance and urgency are put in category A and need to be done first. Tasks in group B and C are either urgent – but not important- or the other way round. Ultimately, tasks in group D are neither important nor urgent and are to be discarded. All in all, this method offers a nice way of organizing and prioritizing all your tasks.

In the course of the on-going digitalization, a number of providers have started to offer applications for the smartphone with the mission to contribute to better time-management. An example is StudenTask  which helps users to delegate simple tasks to students in one’s neighborhood. Thereby, you do not only relieve your workload at your job but also at home. In return, qualified students in your immediate neighbourhood can take over jobs and earn a little extra income. The aim is to boost the student job market and offer an opportunity to flexibly find and accept small jobs fitting to one’s skills and qualifications, as well as to one’s schedule. StudenTask offers the perfect platform to connect client and student. Tasks can be offered and chosen from a wide scope from IT-support, housekeeping or office duties to creative jobs. Quality of all work is ensured by a rating system. As soon as a task is finished, the client is offered the opportunity to rate his/her student’s performance. In this way, future clients get a first impression on the student’s abilities as well as reliability. StudenTask offers everyone a simple and quick system to re-place focus on important tasks and improve one’s own productivity and performance.

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