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What Are The Symptoms Of Poor Time Management?
What Are The Symptoms Of Poor Time Management?


Read about the most common symptoms of poor time management and how to avoid them

Background information and resources for time management courses that we hope you find useful

It's a well-known fact that time is both priceless and, unfortunately, irreplaceable. Every minute that you spend is a minute lost forever - you're not going to get it back. Throughout the past few decades, the world has picked up pace and understandably, people are trying to cram as much as they can into a limited amount of time and make the most of their days. Without some time management and organisation, however, it's easy for your day to become chaotic and overwhelming.

Needless to say, time management is one of the most important skills you could possess. Whether you're still a university student, a professional, or an entrepreneur, you need to learn how to manage your time efficiently in order to keep up with your commitments and reduce your stress levels.

But how do you know you're managing your time well? What are the most common symptoms of poor time management?


Not being able to complete your tasks on time is one of the most glaring signs of poor time management. Although it's not uncommon for people to occasionally miss deadlines (after all, emergencies and mistakes do happen), if you find that it becomes a regular occurrence, your time management skills definitely need improvement.

Sometimes you may not even realise you're whiling away your time rather than doing the work you're supposed to do. This, as well as procrastinating until the last minute, are also very common signs of poor time management.


When you're swamped with work and have very little time left to do it, you're bound to become distracted. Even though you're in a hurry to get everything done as quickly as possible, you'll inevitably end up wasting your time thinking of how you're going to finish everything on time instead of focusing on the task ahead of you. Unfortunately, this will only make things worse.

However, if you have good time management skills, you won't reach this stage. Since you won't have a backlog of work waiting to be completed, you'll be able to focus and finish your tasks in a timely manner without becoming distracted.


If you do something in a hurry, the quality of your work is likely to suffer and there are bound to be some mistakes. This is another common sign of poor time management.

As a general rule, it's always a good idea to have comfortable breathing room when you're working on something. For example, if you think you can finish a certain task in an hour, it's best to give yourself an hour and a half to do it. This extra time will help you improve the quality of your work and minimise your chances of making mistakes. Not to mention that you'll feel more relaxed and confident because you'll be working at a comfortable pace.

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It's quite common for people to feel helpless and stressed when they're pressed for time. In situations like this, most people panic and start to feel like they just don't have enough hours in the day to get the work done - which would only add to their stress. Unfortunately, this is another classic sign of ineffective time management skills. Instead of focusing on how much work you have left to do, always try to focus on the task ahead. This will help you keep the stress at bay and allow you to get things done much more effectively.

If you find yourself relating to any of the points mentioned above, it might be time to take a step back and reassess how you're spending your time. We have plenty of resources to help you overcome poor time management skills that we hope you will find useful.


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