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Rushing through your workplace, on the way to a meeting, with unorganized print outs after spending 20 straight hours in front of your computer averaging 2 cups of coffee per hour. You are in all likelihood suffering from caffeine high, merely you don’t realise it since you have been surviving these submissions on coffee since design school. You show up at the meeting a few minutes late and regardless of your obvious appearance (after a 20 hour duty period) you manage to impress your guests, then once the meeting is over you rush to yet some other task which is already behind schedule.


Does this sound like a familiar scenario to you?

Even though you may bag a perfectly good project in a state like this, it is not just your performance with other people that indicates your time management skills; it is likewise your own layer of satisfaction and joy from work. A very common and easily spotted indicator or poor time management is irritability and stress. It is almost impossible to work with someone who is overly stressed thus degrading the working environment for those around them.



Inability to manage time and your projects not only cause stressful, overworked, unappreciative and unhealthy lifestyle, but it is also a basic formula to lose your business. Poor time management can be established by one or several of the accompanying symptoms:



1.    Stress: If your work is not planned out properly and is not given the time and attention needed, it is only obvious for you to undergo strain. If you are stressing out about not being able to complete a certain task or whether or not your appointment with your client is confirmed, you are suffering from ineffective time management.



2.    Missing Deadlines: It can be hard to keep up with important deadlines when you're constantly putting out fires.  But when you notice you're missing deadlines consistently, you may want to ask yourself if you planned well enough to accomplish this task by the deadline? 



3.    Lack of Preparation: When everything is an urgent fire to pose out, it's really easy to miss sight of your really important priorities.When this occurs, you will concentrate on the urgent, not important, activities.  No time is spent planning how to prevent crises in the hereafter.  As an outcome, the crisis just continues and may become even larger.



4.    Dissatisfaction: If after all your effort, you are not satisfied with the end result and you keep thinking that a little more time and you could have done a much better job, you need to rethink your time management strategy. 



5.    Delay: If you build up the habit of setting away your work for later and thus piling them up and straining over the amount of work that needs to be taken care of. This is a sign that your skills in managing time need attention. 



6.    Overtime: Working overtime or more hours than you initially expected or planned to; working all night ended a small detail of a project due soon or a detail that you initially overlooked, are all indexes that it's high time to pay attention to your time-planning.



7.    Addiction and Health issues:  Other than constant stress, if you find an addiction as a means to escape and/or develop health issues due to your unfathomable hours of work it is possible that you are not managing your time well and end up working in ways and times that can deteriorate your health condition.



8.    Deteriorating quality of work and a win for the other designers: With stress comes the inability to execute quality of work and thus other designers, who are maybe better at bringing off their time, come in and bag the projects that you spent hours developing your proposals for.



You must have experienced that these are some symptoms which not only affects your professional but also the personal life. You continuously feel stressed and uneasy. At this point, take some time off, and catch hold of our questionnaire to key away your possible time-wasters openand habits. You can view or download this template here:

DOWNLOAD the QUESTIONNAIRE to identify your current TIME-Managmeent habits


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