To begin personal time management, it will be good to look at first on how much time is really available for us and having a good grasp on how much is that time worth.
Everyone has 168 hours to spend every week. If you are like most of us, taking away the time required for sleeping and rest, personal hygiene and grooming, time needed for meals and snacks, travelling and other personal necessities will leave you with 90 hours for the week that you can divide for work and leisure.
Depending on how it is perceived and used, the 90-hour window spells much of the difference between planning and control or being on the other side of efficiency and production.
The language in the business world is productivity and wise use of time. Time has often been translated into dollars that if one is to remain competitive, there is simply no other option.
Personal time management is recognizing how much your time is worth. Typically, the 90 hours window for the week is divided into work and personal time. The failure and success of personal time management relies heavily on these. When work time is mixed with the personal time and vice versa, negative repercussions happen.
The two can really not be mixed. Otherwise the body will interpret leisure time mixed with work as work and tasks mixed with leisure will still be work that leaves one exhausted and stressed and in extreme cases lowers down the body functions that makes one prone to illnesses.
Assigning time blocks to each and working it out until the habit is formed is what personal time management all about. It is obviously a healthy, productive and successful alternative than simply allowing oneself to cruise along believing that it is more freedom filled and spontaneous. Schedules can not be avoided as much as time for sleeping and eating can not.
Out of the 168 hours every week, the crucial time for management is really only about 40 hours. If this can be handled very well most things already can.
The rule of the thumb in personal time management is simple. Creating a plan and working on it. It is prioritizing which, in most cases are easy to identify, learning to say no when the plan is being compromised, yet being flexible enough to realize that events can crop up and re adjusting the plan to achieve a logical conclusion. It is avoidance of time stealers that are the usually temptations to postpone a work plan. It is simply dedicating hours for particular activities and earning time that the body can recognize as rest and the body can recognize as job well done.