Why is our day too short? (Dr. Slavko Karavidić)


The thing which separates successful from unsuccessful people is the way in which they manage time, whereas lack of it represents one of the main causes of stress. It is entirely up to us to decide how we spend our time, and every person has 86 400 seconds, or 1440 minutes in a day, says Doctor Slavko Karavidic who is a full time professor at the Faculty of Business Economy and Entrepreneurship as well as a professor at the Academy for Business Education and Social Skills in Vienna.

Do we need a day that lasts 26 hours?

Professor Karavidic emphasizes that time is a true mass murderer. Research on time management of executives  reveals that 54% of them work more than 10 hours a day, 71% bring their work home, 75% dream about their work, and the same percentage has said that worrying about work keeps them up at night, while 57% have  postponed a holiday or have worked over the weekend.
-What does it mean when somebody says: ‘I wish my day lasted for 26 hours, I would have time to finish everything’ or ’What did I do today? Why did the time fly??’ The excuse for bad time management is always the same: ‘I really lack the time to work normally. I don’t know what I’m doing’  The consequences are bad communication, loss of creativity, futile search for good solutions, lack of determination, lack of influence, conflicts, unlikelihood of getting what we want, and a lot of stress. In this case it is clear that obligations are in controls of these people’s lives. They direct personal energy against themselves. I would call that a suicide from the ambush-says professor Karavidic.
What are the consequences of poor time management?  
-Time management doesn’t mean that we should work more, but more wisely. The consequences of such a lifestyle, where people lose their way troubling themselves with attaining personal profit, rather than achieving greater good, have even proved fatal. The most detrimental effects of poor time management can harm families, by degrading them. Children are no more under parental control and their ambitions are fuelled by the social excuse of protecting children’s rights. I want to remind that the future of our society depends on our children’s today. Each of them is an individual in need of time and attention.
What are the things that rob us of our time?
-The most common thieves of time are unclear goals, lack of organization, too many simultaneous tasks, tedious meetings, too much time on the phone, clients barging in, Instagram, Facebook etc. Many of them involve sudden and unexpected activities. Internal obstacles include tardiness, procrastination, perfectionism, insufficient motivation, negative emotions, fatigue etc.  Time thieves are ruthless. Don’t forget that you may be used only you if you give permission.
What are the golden rules of time management?
-There are many rules for time management, from Pareto principle to various time management techniques, but we won’t go into details; we’ll rather offer some practical advice which can be applied on a daily basis understand the value of your time and don’t allow others to manage it instead of you. Get organized: establish goals, prioritize and develop a strategy, have control of yourself and avoid actions which waste your time, simply say NO, and allocate at least 10 minutes a day to talk to yourself.

Branka Gajić
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