In today's fast-paced business world, time management training is becoming an increasingly important part of management development. Management training courses give new and experienced managers the skills needed to succeed and prosper. A managerial role will result in numerous tasks needing to be completed which can be overwhelming, particularly for first line managers who are new to being in charge. Learning time management skills will allow them to work efficiently and productively.

Who Needs Time Management Training?

The busier you are, the greater the need for prioritising tasks. Time management is concerned with managing the use of your time in order to ensure that you use the time available as effectively as possible. A range of skills and techniques are utilised which ensures that tasks are prioritised and do not take up more time than they are worth.

The first step in effective time management is planning. Writing down a plan of the tasks that need doing will ensure that nothing is forgotten as the timeframe progresses (morning, day, week, month etc) and the work is done. Planning will also allow you to prioritise the more important tasks first, which may mean sacrificing non-essential tasks, or highlighting opportunities for delegation to subordinates.

Delegation and Assertiveness Form a Key Component of Time Management

Managers need to free up time by delegating tasks to employees

Time management cannot exist without also looking at two other areas: effective delegation and assertiveness. These two factors deal with the same fact, which is that no matter how great your time management skills are, taking on too much work which is simply impossible to achieve in the specified time frame will lead to missed deadlines and elevated stress levels (which could be damaging to health).

Delegating tasks to others will alleviate some of the burden. Often, a person can spend so much time worrying and thinking about all the tasks they have to complete that they use up a lot of time that could be spent on actually achieving those tasks! Like time management, delegation is a skill and a mindset which sounds simple in theory but is much trickier to implement, as managers are often reluctant to delegate for fear that the work will not be done correctly, or that they have to spend so much time checking that it has been done right that they may as well have done it themselves in the first place.

Assertiveness, or in terms of time management, the art of "saying no", is also vital for ensuring too much work for the time period in question is not taken on. If someone is the type of person who is afraid of hurting a colleague's feelings or aims to avoid conflict in the workplace, they may agree to do too much. As well as missing deadlines, it can also lead to poor quality work for the tasks they do complete on time. In the long term, this is no good for either the individual themselves with regards to stress levels, or the company as they may get a reputation for poor quality products or service.

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