As a business leader, you likely have a lot on your plate. There are dozens of tasks that can take up your time at any second and at times it can be difficult to know what to spend your time on. In your attempts to manage your time effectively, you’ve probably seen a lot of tips about time management. Some of this advice is not only false but can make you less productive. Here are some common time management myths and their truths:  

Myth: There is Only One Way to Manage Time 

There are a lot of sources that claim to have the best or most effective way to manage time but what works the best for others may not work for you. Time management systems should be tailored for your needs and your personality. Following someone else’s “foolproof” time management system may be damaging to your schedule. 

Myth: Time Management Doesn’t Work 

A lot of people have tried time management systems that haven’t worked and started to believe that time management was a hoax. You may be one of these people. But just because one type of time management didn’t work for you or didn’t work how you expected doesn’t mean that all time management ideas are pointless. If the time management process your using right now doesn’t seem to work how you want it to, it may be time to try out a new process. 

Myth: Time Management Works Immediately 

Though we all wish we could save time immediately after implementing new time management strategies, that is not how it works. It takes time to adjust to a new way of managing your time, and the adjusting process is difficult and may cause you to lose time for a short period. Remember that you likely won’t see positive results immediately after you start managing your time.  

Believing these myths could be getting in the way of finding a time management process that works for you. Get rid of these myths in your workplace to better manage your time.