Book Review

Review of the book; Managing Time by Y.C. Halan compiled by Ajiboye Oluwasegun

Managing Time YC Halan
Managing Time YC Halan

This post contains the review of the book Managing Time by Y.C Halan, please continue below to read :


Many a time, humans mostly leave a lot of tasks undone as a result of their inability to meet targets resulting from poor time management.  But nonetheless, there are some who understand and practise the principle of Managing Time.  A very good example of someone who manages her time well is Sudha Murty, the wife of N.R. Narayan Murty. She is known to live an extremely busy life with different roles: lecturing, writing, working, accompanying her husband to events all over the world, and actively being involved in social work and housework. When asked how she achieves all these in a space of twenty-four hours, her response was “Good time management”. Time management isn’t just the control you have over time, but much more a better tool for effective self-management.

Here are the lessons I learned from the book; Managing Time by Y.C Halan

Time management is a skill that makes you set your goal, have a plan, prioritize, plan backwards, and have an action plan. Time management will let you know many things about yourself. You can achieve so much every day that it will appear like you have 48 hours a day as a result of self-management.
To understand how to manage your time well, you ask yourself these questions?
  •  Are you a Morning bird or Night worker?
  • Are you task oriented or people oriented?
  • Are you an intensive person or extensive worker?
  • Are you compulsive or deliberate?

ARE YOU A MORNING BIRD OR LATE WORKER?

 Morning birds are those who wake up refreshed and ready to get into action. They tend to perform better in a 9-5 schedule. Night workers wake up gradually and get active in the late afternoon. They prefer to work in the late afternoon and early night when they become very active.

ARE YOU TASK ORIENTED OR PEOPLE ORIENTED?

Task-oriented individuals work more on things that are difficult, complex problems and long term projects. It’s easy for them to isolate from others for a long period. People-oriented individuals love to work in a team. They prefer to guide and direct others to achieve targets.

ARE YOU INTENSIVE OR EXTENSIVE?

An intensive person cannot work for long hours and can only concentrate for a short period. He/she needs to go on regular breaks to avoid exhaustion. Meanwhile, an extensive person is slow, steady and need no break at work.

ARE YOU DELIBERATE OR COMPULSIVE?

A deliberate person enjoys activities and prefers to do everything personally. (Workaholic). A compulsive fellow works with deadlines and prefers to cut the amount of paperwork per time.
Having learned all these, it will be a good practise to gauge your TIME MANAGEMENT EFFICIENCY QUOTIENT(TMEQ).
To doing so, you need to check how you can effectively control and manage the following;
  • Crisis Management
  • Telephone interruptions
  • Unannounced visitors
  • Planning
  • Overloading
  • Delegating work
  • Work Organisation
  • Self Discipline
  • Saying “NO”
  • Procrastination
  • Managing Paperwork
  • Completing Tasks
  • Socializing
  • Managing Information
  • Managing Travel

In Conclusion

Time management is of great essence to living a fulfilled life. There is a saying that “TIME IS MONEY”. Time is a seed, so it is meant to be spent and invested. Time is not meant to be saved. ”Never leave till tomorrow what you are meant to do today”. Time is irreversible, so spend it well now!!!

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