Effects of Poor Time Management


What would happen if you know the harmful effects of poor time management? If you know the possible bad effects, you can stay cautious and avoid making these mistakes in your life.

Horrible Effects of Poor Time Management

1. Making incorrect decisions due to ineffective time management


It can happen that due to lack of proper time management, a person might get into such situations where they have to complete more number of tasks in limited amount of time. Due to this, they might not be able to give enough time in completing the tasks effectively.

So, they may end up in situations where they are not able to think about the result of an action in detail, and hence take a decision which they might have to regret later.

For Example, If you had to buy a new laptop, and due to lack of time management, you end up buying a laptop which does not have the configuration which you desired, Wont you be regret your decision later?

2. Confusion and Lack of Focus


Someone who is not able to manage his time effectively will be confused regarding the time he needs to allocate to a particular task. This will result in him/her being less focused. It is said that if you want to be successful, you need to have a laser targeted focus.

Some of these effects are also inter related. If a person is not prioritizing his time properly, then there would be lack of clarity, both of these would lead to confusion and lack of focus. This will ultimately lead to stress, not taking the required steps to achieve your dreams, lack of success etc.

How to improve your focus?

Doing meditation on a daily basis helps a person in improving his/her focus. Here is how to do breathing meditation?

There are some more strategies that you can use. I personally use a few simple tricks to improve my focus. When I am working, I play ‘productivity music' on youtube in the background. You can search for options like – zen music, meditation music on youtube and play it in the background while you work.

You can also use a diffuser with Essential Oil. I use a diffuser in my work area with ‘Lemongrass Oil'. There are many types of essential oils available. Some have a pretty strong smell. For example, I do not prefer Citronella oil in the diffuser. So, you can use an essential oil that you like!

3. Not being able to spend enough time with Family and Friends

If somebody is not able to prioritize on his tasks, he might default on deadlines. If you are working in a job, if a responsibility is shouldered upon you on the job, you would need to fulfill it. That may require putting extra hours in work because you have to complete the tasks that your boss/senior has given you.

Just imagine you and your girlfriend or wife had decided to go out on a date. But due to lack of time management, you end up reaching late for the date. Would you really be able to have a wonderful evening after that??

4. Developing Fear due to lack of time management


Just imagine you gave a commitment to your boss, but were not able to meet the deadline. If it happened a few times, that might not get you into big trouble. But imagine, if the delays start happening on a consistent basis. Would your seniors be happy with your work? Do you think that you would get a good appraisal?

Lack of time management might start inducing fear into a person for multiple reasons such as:

  • Fear of not being able to complete deadlines
  • Fear of missing commitments or giving false/incorrect commitments
  • Developing fear of low self esteem

If you want, you can check out the article on How to stop living in fear?.

5. Stress caused due to all the above


What else can we expect? Due to one bad habit of ineffective time management, one problem leads to another problem. This creates a downward spiral of emotions for a person. Ultimately this leads to stress and tension.

If you are also facing the problem of ineffective time management, The most important thing to do is identifying that you are facing the issue. Once you have identified the issue, you can try identifying the causes due to which you are facing the issue.

Once the causes have been identified, you can break down the solution into baby steps and focus on working on one small step at a time.


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