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What Is the Connection between Organization and Time Management?

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  • Written By: M. Kayo
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 30 October 2016
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The connection between organization and time management can be seen in how a person manages his or her own time and how he or she approaches the task of organization. The effective and efficient management of time is required in order to have that time set aside and available for any type of organization. Organization of time provides the time necessary to organize life's everyday work, recreation, and many tasks. The concepts of organization and time management work together to make life more productive and fulfilling, as people need time to organize and organizing provides more time.

People who are organized are typically masters of their own available time, and while this may not be entirely true for everyone, it is true for most people who know the critical importance of and who practice organization and time management. A simple look at those who do not make good use of their time provides evidence of the connection between the two. For example, consider the person who thinks they can do it all. There are only 24 hours in a day and only so many of those hours in which a person can accomplish the tasks of everyday life. People who are aware of the limits of time effectively manage their time when they realize the connection between organization and time management, organize that time, prioritize tasks, and get more work done than those who do not organize their time.

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There are those who actually avoid organizing anything until they get to a point in their "busy" schedule that allows for a large block of time. When this large block of time somehow becomes available, the person is convinced that all the delayed tasks and late projects will somehow be handled within that period. The only problem with this process is that the person is typically not organized, and so that big block of time is taken up by all the urgent and necessary tasks that have to be completed or resolved first. This type of person spends so much time in a disorganized frenzy of activity, "putting out fires," that there is no time to left over. Available time is used up attending to urgent matters and no time is set aside to organize these activities.

Those who procrastinate can allow this habit to greatly diminish their productivity level. Procrastinators typically react to a particularly unpleasant or undesirable future situation and make excuses for not moving ahead and taking care of certain tasks or responsibilities. They may also fail to set goals and to organize their schedules to make the most of available time. These type of people also tend to put off things that need to be organized, like important files for a tax return or the timely filing of important documents, like vehicle registrations or enrollment forms. The procrastinator's time is not planned, so organizing is rarely accomplished without some sort of pain, penalty, or consequence and the process continues in a downward spiral.

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