Academic journal article International Education Studies

Awareness of the Faculty Members at Al-Balqa' Applied University to the Concept of Time Management and Its Relation to Some Variables

Academic journal article International Education Studies

Awareness of the Faculty Members at Al-Balqa' Applied University to the Concept of Time Management and Its Relation to Some Variables

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Abstract

The study aims to investigate how extent is the time management awareness of the faculty members of the Al-Balqà Applied university, and its relation to some variables. The study conducted on (150) teachers were selected randomly. For achieving the study goals an appropriate instrument has been built up based on the educational literature and former studies.

The study has found out that the teachers' awareness were "good", where the planning awareness was the highest, and the execution one was the lowest, also the role of the time management in career life was more visible than the personal life.

The study also found out that the variables of the study have a weak impact on the teachers` time management awareness.

Keywords: faculty members` awareness, time management

1. Introduction

Time is considered as one of the most important resources as all other resources related to it within its availability or shortage. Moreover, all tasks wither it was simple or small need time. Time has its own characteristics since it's in continuous motion that can't be stopped and it can't be saved. It is a fixed quantity resource within 24 hours a day for all individuals and it can't be retrieved too (Haynez, 2006).

Those characteristics make it necessary to deal with time through wisdom and careful usage that must be dealt with in a certain way as people differ in their usage of time according to their type of work. However, must people describe time differently according to their perceptions, some says: it passes quickly, or it is a short time. Others may say there is no enough time. All those expression depend on the availability of a given time and the ability to carry out a series of tasks. This means, individuals are compared by the time available to them and the load of work and its compared through the ability to carry out work versus the available time, those comparisons generate those expressions

Time management is the process of using time thoroughly by doing all jobs in the available time; this needs the good knowledge and practice of time for each job then distributing time on a timetable to be able to do all need work successfully. However, all this doesn't ensure the absence of problems and difficulties that are not under the individual's control. Though, the repeated practice of time management can train the individual to overcome those difficulties and learn how to put the needed solutions in order to acquire a storage of different solutions and ready alternatives to be used when needed.

The investment of time and managing it in the first place means building an essential pillar in re-arranging priorities and work habits in away maximizing the benefits from the available time and reducing wasted time (Marsh, 1991).

Mackenze (2000: 5) defined time management as a comprehensive concept for every place and time or for every person or community or even an environment. When we think of time management, however, we tend to think of personal time management, loosely defined as managing our time to waste less time on doing the things we have to do so we have more time to do the things we want to do.

Plater (1995) stated in an article published in human resources journal ( time type in the 21st century) that time is the most important advantage for administrators and time management makes their work important and productive more than anything else (P4).

Chaplin Taylor, argued that time is the most rigid and flexible thing in this universe. However, we can say that it can be managed effectively, and if not, we will not be able to manage anything else (Machenzie, 1990:4).

Birth (1993: 352) stated that time management is one of the most important processes in any organization as it reflects the civilized concepts in using time and the nature of social interactions; this requires designing models that focus on managing time to serve the organization's objectives. …

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