URGENCY INDEX AND TIME MANAGEMENT IN A WORK ENVIRONMENT
Urgency Index And Time Management
Keywords:Stress, Time management, Work experience.
Objective: The objective of this study was to identify the urgency patterns and the effect of time management.
Study Design: A survey based descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: Army Medical College, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from June to August 2015.
Material and Methods: Through random sampling, sample size was limited to 50 respondents. Questionnaire was introduced after the informed consent to the management and faculty of the Army Medical College. It was divided into section of demographic data & and data regarding the awareness about time management and practices of effective time management in the organization. Second section composed of the urgency index questions and calculations of the total score. Third section was the Steve Covey Time Management Grid to categorize activities into four quadrants. The time management matrix technique (TMMT) was constructed by Steve Covey to focus on the control of personal actions rather than purely scheduling time.
Results: Twenty eight (56%) males and 22 (44%) females participated in the study with mean age of 43.54 ± 7.58. Four (8%) were single and 46 (92%) were married. Mean working experience of the participants was 17.55 ± 7.36. Categories of the participants into low urgency and high urgency index after calculation of the scores reflected that most of the participants irrespective of the gender or length of the work experience were suffering from high urgency patterns of life style.
Conclusion: Most of the participants were suffering from high urgency patterns of life style. Urgent tasks have short-term penalties while important tasks are those with objective-oriented consequences.