How can I use my time more effectively?
Time is a unique resource; everyone is given 24 hours each day. Think of time as one of the tools you have available to reach your goals. Using time effectively is actually a matter of your own personal management.
Do not confuse efficiency with effectiveness when it
comes to developing your time-use skills. Efficiency relates
to doing a job right in as little time and with as little
effort as possible. Effectiveness relates to doing the
"right" job correctly.
Being effective with time means you are using it on the
most important tasks. Efficiency implies you are able to
accomplish a great deal of work; effectiveness indicates
that you know how to set priorities and focus your attention
on what needs to be done.
You evaluate effectiveness by whether what you
accomplished was what really needed doing.
Source: Carole Bozworth, Consumer &
Family Economics Specialist, University Extension. Person to
Person, November 1998, Pg. 4.
Written by Sandra McKinnon and Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Family Financial Education Specialists, University of Missouri-Extension
Last update: Sunday, April 23, 2006