Time Management

Why do I need Time Management skills?

Many individuals have a difficult time correctly assessing and adhering to the time needed to complete tasks, work and otherwise. A common problem is procrastination, in which an individual puts off the completion of tasks on a consistent basis. Usually the tasks we put off are those which we have an aversion to, while we entertain an unconscious and unrealistic fantasy that the task will disappear, will be forgotten, or someone else will complete the task for us. As a result, the consequence of not completing the task on time can be a heavy one, resulting in poor performance or damaging results as an outcome of the tendency to procrastinate. The knowledge of this risk can transform the unpleasant experience of completing an unwanted task from an uncomfortable one into a threatening one.

How do I learn Time Management skills?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective method for learning time management skills. Patients learn to prioritize time vs task, and to respect time limits even when fears of imperfection or mistakes arise around the task. Clear steps for healthy functioning are taught and practiced until the patient feels confident in their ability to work in a timely manner regardless of their level of emotional distress. At the CBT Institute, patients have the option of meeting with an in-the-field liaison in order to practice their time management skills in real-life settings.

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