Importance of Time Management for Productivity

A lot is said about time management and there are several techniques on how you can improve your time management skills. Any UPSC aspirant will know the value of time since it can feel like there is such a lot to study and not enough time for everything. Productivity is basically the efficiency with which you use your time. Your productivity increases if you can do more result-producing work in less time. This article talks about the link between both and the importance of time management for productivity.

At the outset, check out some basic facts.

There are 24 hours in a day which translates to 86,400 seconds in a day.

These seconds once gone are not coming back. We cannot store it aside for later use. So, as you can see, time has to be spent more wisely than money for the simple reason that money can be earned later, time once gone is just gone!

Another important thing to remember is the BODY CLOCK. We all have a body clock and we must listen to it. When are we the most productive? When are we the most tired or sleepy? If we adjust our time schedule according to our body clock, we can definitely get more productivity out of ourselves. For example, if you are the most energetic during the dusk hours, do make it a point to study your most difficult subject at that time because you will be most alert and focused then.

How to make use of the given time?

Personal discipline. These two words are powerful weapons that all successful people swear by. Whether it is sports, academics, management, business, or arts, personal discipline is the key to success. It is what we sow that we reap. If we want trust, we must sow honesty. Similarly, if we desire success, we must sow hard work. Being able to work hard comes through personal discipline. It involves many aspects like leading a healthy lifestyle, waking up on time, sleeping on time, eating on time the right kind of food, taking breaks whenever necessary, and focusing by keeping away all temptations and distractions.

If we imbibe personal discipline, more can be done in less time.

Another important thing to remember is that time management and the value for time is learnt at childhood. But this has to be revised every day if we aren’t to forget these valuable lessons.

Cracking the UPSC civil services exam is no mean feat and it takes people of a special calibre to do so. This calibre can be acquired. Everybody is born with the same energy, but our surroundings and outlook changes this energy as we grow up. But with determination and single-minded devotion to a goal, personal discipline can be inculcated. With this, hard work won’t seem so hard anymore and before you know it, success would come knocking at your door.

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