Time management is essential in the life of an academic. Because of the demanding nature of their work and the constant juggling of multiple duties, good time management becomes critical to ensuring productivity, balance, and personal well-being.
According to Chansaengsee (2017), “We can prevent disappointment in life by practising time management. This letdown might come in the form of monetary, professional, social, or other types of disappointment. If we make time for proper planning, we can avoid all of these things at once. Everything in our existence is equally powerless.”
Academics can maximize their performance while maintaining a healthy work-life balance by planning their time efficiently. Setting priorities is an important component of academic time management. They can build a clear roadmap for their work by identifying and categorizing tasks based on urgency and priority. Setting realistic goals and breaking them down into achievable chunks is part of this process. Academics can tackle the most important assignments with concentration and prevent unneeded stress by focusing on them first.
Creating a set timetable also helps with time management. Setting out specified time slots for activities such as research, teaching, administrative chores, and personal commitments promotes order and discipline. Academics must set out time for focused work while minimizing distractions and disruptions. They can improve their productivity and avoid procrastination by sticking to a schedule.
According to Chaudhari (2022), “We have to perform various activities in life. Some of them might be very important some of them might be less important. To perform all these activities time period is limited. If one performs any activity after the stipulated time it will be of no use. Hence for all of us, the work at the proper time is very crucial. Many times people often found complaining that they do not have time”.
Effective time management necessitates the ability to delegate and, when necessary, say no. Academics frequently face several pressures, such as collaborations, committee work, and social engagements. While it is critical to participate in these activities, it is also critical to evaluate their overall productivity. Academics can protect their time for crucial work and maintain a good work-life balance by learning to delegate responsibilities and politely decline non-essential commitments.
Finally, self-care should not be forgotten when it comes to time management. Academics must emphasize their own well-being by making time for relaxation, exercise, and hobbies. This gives them the energy and focus they need to perform at their best. Academics can avoid burnout and maintain productivity in the long run by including self-care in their agenda and establishing a harmonic integration of work and personal life by setting priorities, making a disciplined timetable, delegating responsibilities, and emphasizing self-care.
Chansaengsee S. (2017). Managing time to contribute to the balance of life, work, school and life. Veridian EJournal, Silpakorn University, 10(5):20-34.
Chaudhari, T. (2022). Time management essentials and importance. International Journal of Commerce and Management Research. P. 6-8.
Dr Abdulkadir is working at Skyline University Nigeria as Lecturer 1 in the School of Arts, Management and Social Sciences. He speaks two international languages; English and Arabic, and is an Alumnus of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria where he studied Political Science and International Relations for his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree.