What is Time Management?

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What is Time Management?

Time is our most precious asset, and yet we let it slip away.

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It seems that there is never enough time in the day. But, since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in good time management.

The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well. By using the time-management techniques in this section, you can improve your ability to function more effectively – even when time is tight and pressures are high.

Good time management requires an important shift in focus from activities to results: being busy isn’t the same as being effective. (Ironically, the opposite is often closer to the truth.)

Spending your day in a frenzy of activity often achieves less, because you’re dividing your attention between so many different tasks. Good time management lets you work smarter – not harder – so you get more done in less time.

What is “Time Management?”

“Time management” refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities.

It may seem counter-intuitive to dedicate precious time to learning about time management, instead of using it to get on with your work, but the benefits are enormous:

  • Greater productivity and efficiency.
  • A better professional reputation.
  • Less stress.
  • Increased opportunities for advancement.
  • Greater opportunities to achieve important life and career goals.

Failing to manage your time effectively can have some very undesirable consequences:

  • Missed deadlines.
  • Inefficient work flow.
  • Poor work quality.
  • A poor professional reputation and a stalled career.
  • Higher stress levels.

Spending a little time learning about time-management techniques will have huge benefits now – and throughout your career.

Key Points

Time management is the process of organizing and planning how much time you spend on specific activities. Invest some time in our comprehensive collection of time management articles to learn about managing your own time more efficiently, and save yourself time in the future.

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Comments (24)
  • Yolande wrote This month
    We're glad you liked it salahuddin. If you'd like to share some of your ideas or challenges with us, you are more than welcome to jump to Career Cafe Central forum - we'd love to 'hear' your voice there.

    Mind Tools Team
  • salahuddin wrote This month
    Sarah Pavey,

    Nice article.

  • CesarAndres wrote This month
    Hi Sarah,

    I want to thank you for sharing this information. Actually, one of my biggest flaws are the lack of my own time management. Since I was youngs, I always used to waste my time in useless things.

    Actually, I 'm facing a big concern regarding my career, because my reputation and career as well, have been seriously damaged due this bad aspect of mine.

    However, now that I'm reading this article, I'm feeling more relived that I hit the bulls-eye. Thank you very much!!
  • Midgie wrote This month
    Thanks Kafuuma for the feedback. Hope you explore more resources here to help you professionally and personally. Come take a look at our Mind Tools Club where members gain access to even more resources.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Kafuuma wrote This month
    this is really good keep it up. i have liked the way you are precise
  • Midgie wrote This month
    Hi Lucy,
    Great to hear that you have re-affirmed some of your strengths! For the areas that could benefit from some attention and focus, could you take it simply as feedback whereby you have put the spotlight onto it?

    Mind Tools Team
  • Lucy wrote This month
    i like taking any type of test, and especially if the result warrants that you really are good at something.
  • Yolande wrote This month
    Time management has an influence on productivity and productivity has an influence on profitability. So yes Masika, I agree - it is a key word.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Masika wrote This month
    Yolanda I value your challenge. Time management is the key word in every organization.
  • Yolande wrote Over a month ago
    You're welcome Raydec26. Do hop over to the forums and chat to us about time management challenges or questions you may have. The link is : http://www.mindtools.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=2

    Hope to see you there soon!

    Mind Tools Team
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