Why Good Time Management Requires You To Be Assertive

It might not seem relevant, but being assertive is a key ingredient to you managing your time effectively. Being passive can equate to inactivity, non-engagement or procrastination. Yet, if you lack skill in the fine art of assertiveness, you can be seen as aggressive, too direct or sarcastic. Being assertive enables you to empower yourself to improve your time management.


With refined assertiveness skills, you will find it easier to make decisions, take action and deal with the outcomes; both positive and negative.  Feeling comfortable that your assertiveness is effective and appropriate, you will develop a great confidence.  Should a problem arise, you know that you’ll be able to deal with it and therefore able to make decisions to act.


By being assertive, you become the person that people trust and admire. As a person that can act, that can make decisions, you are a reliable resource. People will seek you out for advice or entrust you with responsibility. You don’t need to hide behind the passive-aggressive behavior of sarcasm, insincerity, deceitfulness or slyness.

Practicing your ability to communicate your needs effectively can extend outside of the work environment. You need to be able to effectively communicate your needs to your family, your community and peers without causing offense or disruption. By speaking up for yourself, it allows you to have a voice of your own rather than others speaking on your behalf.

By being assertive you take control of your environment.

By clearly expressing your needs and interests without being aggressive, you not only take control of your environment, you reduce stress and anxiety.  Being out of control, not being able to anticipate things will undoubtedly increase your stress and affect your health.


With effective decision making, stronger communication and decisive action, you reduce time wasting activity such as:

  • Inability to learn from mistakes
  • Ineffective communication
  • Inability to communicate needs or wants for projects
  • Working capacity affected by stress & anxiety

If you’d seriously like to improve your ability to be assertive, join me for a 2 day AIM/CDU workshop to discover all these elements.

Alternatively, if you’d like to address these issues in the comfort or privacy of your own home, talk to me about regularly half hour Stress Management Coaching conducted via skype or phone.

About the Author:

Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programs, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.


You can quickly identify whether you are Passive, Aggressive or Assertive.