Timemanagement entails a process of planning, organizing and subdividingwork into small task and allotting each task specific time. Propermanagement of time allows a person to avoid stress and last minuterush. Failure to manage your time effectively may make one feeloverloaded and consequently lead to poor quality work. The aim ofmanaging time is to promote productivity and to increase efficiencyand effectiveness in the task execution. Planning and prioritizationof urgent tasks is an important aspect of managing time. It alsorequires one to have a schedule that indicates the time allotted foreach activity and avoids neglecting some task. All criticalactivities should be considered fast because they cannot bepostponed. Such activities must be accomplished together with othertasks to prevent delay (Ajilchi, & Kargar, 2015, 6).
of the Final Findings
Fromthe readings in chapter 28, it can be observed that time is one ofthe most precious resources that human being has no control. Thechapter has also put forth various strategies used in managing time. Some of those strategies include planning and setting goals,Scheduling, prioritizing task, delegation, allowing one to haveprivate time, and controlling interruption is an important strategyof managing time. On the contrary, stress management is one of thebiggest challenges that nurse experience. For example, occupationstress is attributed to job overload. The suggested strategies formanaging stress include altering strategy, avoidance, acceptance, andperception changing strategy (Denisco and Barker, 604).
Basedon the completed online Learning Readiness Self-Assessment some ofthe areas for personal growth and development are as follows. InTable 28.1, there are four areas where a score of 3 or less is given. A score of three means occasionally. The first area is in theassessment number 1. Under this section, I usually felt calm and incontrol of time. The second part is in number 2 where I spend muchtime in providing meaningful work that contributes to growth in theclinical unit. The third area is in number 14, I set aside time eachday for planning. The last and the final section where a scorerating of 3 was given in number 15 where I have long-term writtengoals (Denisco and Barker, 2013, 597).
Theinformation in Table 28.2 shows that I spend 35% of my time at workand bringing a positive outcome to patients. I invest 25% of thetime with family, 10% in social and spiritual activity, 10% ofphysical activity and 20% sleeping. Based on the percentages I havea balance of what I want. One of my biggest time wasters isprocrastination. I can decrease the interruption activities by 5 to10 hours and use that time to promote personal growth anddevelopment. Besides, I can delegate some of my work to maintain abalance between home and activities at work (Denisco and Barker,2013, 598).
Myset of 3-4 established goals based on Table 28-1 are as follows. Myfist goal is to spend much of time in meaningful work and helppatients to recover. The second one is to complete projects andpaperwork on time. The third one is to have personal time with myfamily and friends. The most important and urgent goals are thefirst, second one and the third goal respectively (Denisco andBarker, 2013, 597).
Descriptionon how I will employ time management strategies
Delegation:As a nurse, I will use this approach to assign some of my roles tonurses whom I have trust and confidence with. By delegating some ofmy responsibilities, I will have peace of mind because all tasks willbe completed on time.
AllowingPrivate Time:the strategy will help me to come up with a schedule that I will useat the end of each week to complete my paperwork. The schedule willbe able to ensure that all activities that I had completed within theweek are documented and allow me to plan ahead of the succeeding week(Chase et al, 2013, 155).
ControllingInterruption:I will employ this strategy to complete my work within the scheduledtime. The technique helps me to avoid activities that consumeproductive time and focus on my responsibilities as a nurse.
Procrastinationand perfectionism:I will delay less urgent activities and concentrate on the criticaltask. After completing the most important activities, less pressingtask will be executed and ensure that the entire work is completedbefore the deadline (Ankle,& Yilmaz, 2016, 202-208).
ManagingCommunications:Under this approach, I will not allow emails to accumulate in myinbox. The approach ensures that I allocate adequate time to respondto all emails to avoid task overload and promote timely communication(Ajilchi, & Kargar, 2015, 2).
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