You have probably heard a lot about the importance of time management skills, but do you know what it actually means? Time management refers to one’s ability to efficiently utilize their time to accomplish a number of tasks.
While it sounds simple enough, it is something that a lot of people struggle with. It requires a certain level of discipline and determination. It is something we need to do so badly, but it just seems so hard in the moment. Why? Well there are those who like to blame technology.
Technology and Time Management
Have you ever had so many assignments to do yet you found yourself watching Netflix? Ever wake up early to get a head start on a project only to waste the time on Facebook? These scenarios are common place to a lot of people and it is easy to see why people blame technology for making people unproductive and lazy.
That’s not the point of technology, though. Technology is meant to bring humanity forward, revolutionize our lives. That being said, the same amazing technology that distracts your from your work is also the same technology that can change the way you approach tasks.
There are tons of things you can do to optimize the way you implement technology into your life. Technologies like smartphones and tablets in addition to apps such as Pomodoro and MyTaskPal offer a new and engaging way for you to manage your time.
Although many people are fans of the pen and paper method, technology can offer you several major advances. Consider the following;
- Total Integration: Let’s face it, technology is good at replacing big, bulky things with a sleek, compact device. Take for instance your smartphone -it is a calculator, computer, video game console, MP3 player, camera, and telephone in one. The same goes for these time management apps, they are rather multifunctional. Technology is at a point now where everyone wants their app to accommodate. Many already work with sites or services you are already using such as Facebook or gmail, meaning they can sync up and give you direct updates from those servers instead of reminding you to check each one individually.
- “The Cloud”: By this I mean that when you use technology, your information is generally saved in multiple places, often online. The glory of this is that even if you loose or break your phone, you can just upload your saved information on virtually any compatible system. You can’t do that with a calendar or notebook. This also means the information is easier to access, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to drag around a notebook and pen everywhere.
- Added Features: Technology offers a lot of commodities. While a notebook will always just be bound papers you can read and write on, your digital time management app is so much more. They’re timers, calendars, notebooks, and so much more all in one. I like to think of them more as your little robotic personal assistant.
Start using technology for good. Taking advantage of all the applications available to you can help you make the most out of your day and send you on a one-way ride to success.