Manana Kharkheli


The article titled "Personal Time Management in the Private and Public Sectors of Georgia" discusses the research conducted by the author in these areas regarding the management of personal time for employees and employers. The survey included 2,089 respondents, of whom 1,569 were employed and 520 were employers. Among the employed participants, 55.3% worked in the private sector, while 44.7% worked in the public sector. Employers were also distributed between the private and public sectors, with 50.2% and 49.8% respectively.
Both focus groups involved in the research were interviewed with different questionnaires. Employees were interviewed with a 4-question questionnaire and a Likert-scale rating of variables related to personal time. Through the analysis of the responses, it was discovered that improper planning of the working day emerged as the second or third most common factor hindering employees from accomplishing their set goals and completing tasks on time. The article further elaborates on how the top contributing factor, receiving accurate information from the manager, is directly influenced by the manager's inadequate or non-existent planning of their own working time. As a result, 23.5% of employees often, and 3.5% constantly have to stay at work and continue working after the end of the working day.
Regarding the scoring of the four variables related to the use of working time by employees (I don't sleep 7-8 hours, I don't spend enough time for others, I don't spend enough time developing a strategy and I don't spend enough time doing things I enjoy), the study showed that the majority of employees do not agree with these statements and give them low scores (1 and 2). The exception is the first variable, where the frequency of agreement scores exceeded the frequency of disagreement (43.8% > 42.2%).
In parallel with the employees, research has also been conducted on the employers. The study of the employers' personal time was carried out with a 5-question questionnaire and a score evaluation of four time-related variables. On average, 49% of employers indicated that improper planning of the working day prevents them from achieving their goals, and at the same time, an average of 20% admitted that they do not have time to plan their activities. As for the point evaluation of the variables related to working day management, they rated all four variables with low scores, indicating disagreement with the established regulations.
The article concludes that simply recognizing the importance of working time planning is not enough. Its practical implementation is necessary.


Personal time; Time management; Prioritize activities by time; Time sufficiency.


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