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Time Management

Definition

Time Management: Establishing a healthy, comfortable and productive approach to using time. Time management includes: (a) thoughtfully and systematically deciding what tasks to do in what timeframe; (b) maintaining a steady, safe and comfortable pace of work; and (c) developing habits and approaches that lead to a comfortable pace of life (i.e., not rushing, being late or missing deadlines).

Examples of Time Management from Various Career Areas

  • A construction intern learning about and practicing time management as a component of workplace safety;
  • An office intern learning about and practicing time management as it relates to the flow of work in the office;
  • A restaurant intern learning about and practicing time management as a component of project management and leadership in the kitchen.

Evaluating This Skill - Reflection Questions

  1. Can you describe one situation in which you had to choose tasks that fit the time and resources available?  (Example: making choices based on your energy level, weather, availability of tools or equipment, availability of co-workers or supervisor)
  2. Do you set a work pace that is neither too fast nor slow?
  3. Do you take break as scheduled in order to maintain safety and productivity as well as your own well-being?
  4. Have you developed systems for managing your time?
  5. Have you had any challenges related to managing your time? If yes, what strategies are you trying to address these challenges?