Importance Of Goal Setting & Time Management

Have you ever been extremely stressed about your long hours of work or finishing too much work with no time in hand? If your answer is yes, don’t be ashamed because 46% of the Indian

workforce suffers from stress due to work.

Experiencing stress in a workplace is extremely common amongst the employed population. Job stress may interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical as well as mental health, and affect your relationships with your family and peers. To avoid these consequences of stress, it is important for you to set goals and manage time well in your individual workspace.

This article will explain the importance of setting goals and managing time in a workplace.

How will setting goals help you in work?

Provide focus and direction
Having a goal written down with a set date for the completion of it gives you something to plan and work for. Focusing on a goal helps you connect with your inner desires and motivates you to work towards completing it. Goals may also help to create a direction for your job, which may help you guide other employees in decision-making stages.

Make it easier to complete larger accomplishments
Realistic goal setting may help break down larger aspirations to smaller stepping-stones. Planning towards these smaller goals not only makes it easier to come up with a plan, but may also provide contentment due to achieving smaller milestones.

Easier communication with others
Setting goals may enable you to clarify what you are trying to do with other people, and therefore what they need to do to contribute to your task. Easier communication may lead to more help from others in the workplace and help you reach your goals faster.

Prioritise
Setting goals in order to complete your task may help to prioritise the tasks in order of importance. Knowing that the important tasks are taken care of may help reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Why is time management important at work?

Time is money
Everyone gets the same 24 hours, and managing this time is crucial to success. Efficiently utilizing your time at works ensures that you’re effectively contributing to the company’s success. When you waste time at work, you are getting less work done and it costs the company money. Employers want to get their money’s worth out of their workers, so be sure to earn your wage by making the most out of your working hours.

Improve your efficiency and productivity
Having the right time management skills makes sure you do not waste time on menial tasks and are completing your work efficiently.

Make better decisions
When people are in a rush to finish multiple tasks, they often end up making regrettable decisions. Managing time effectively means that you will have more time to consider important decisions that will allow you to make the best choices possible in relation to your task.

Eliminate procrastination
It is extremely easy to get distracted by things around you due to a lack of motivation and feeling overwhelmed. When you have a set schedule and you know which task you have to work on, you can help eliminate procrastination and focus on one task at a time.

Become more successful at work
Being a more productive employee will give you more time to improve the quality of your work and help you deliver your work on time. By developing yourself in the workplace and being consistent in your work, you can set yourself apart from others in the firm. Managers will be on the lookout for workers who can be counted on to deliver, so time management is an extremely important skill to have.

In all, to reduce your work and job related stress, it is important that you set realistic goals and manage your time efficiently. Whether you are a student, homemaker, businessperson or a working professional – if you are able to manage your time efficiently, you wouldn’t be far from attaining your goals.

Authorship: Ashni Kothari, Psychology student at Sarah Lawrence College, NewYork.

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