University Counseling Center (UCC)
Time can be thought of as an endless series of decisions that gradually change the shape of our life. Inappropriate decisions can produce frustration, lowered self-esteem, and stress. The following are characteristic of inefficient time management.
- Chronic vacillation between unpleasant alternatives.
- Fatigue or listlessness with many slack periods of nonproductive activity.
- Constantly missed deadlines.
- Insufficient time for rest, leisure, and personal relationships.
- The sense of being overwhelmed by demands and details and having to do what you don't want to do most of the time.
Interventions that can be helpful in developing more efficient time management include the following:
- You can establish priorities that highlight your most important goals and that allow you to base your decisions on what is important and what is critical.
- You can create time by realistic scheduling and delaying low priority tasks.
- You can learn how to make basic decisions.
- Decision-making occurs when there is more than one course of action available.
- Decision-making can be learned, applied, and evaluated.
- A first step in learning decision-making involves identifying your values.
- Decision-making differs from problem-solving in that the implication of "rightness" is absent whereas in problem-solving there is an implication of a "best" solution.
This information was adapted, with permission, from Ball State University