Bring focus to the way you work.
This section of Mind Tools teaches you time management skills. These are the simple, practical techniques that have helped the leading people in business, sport and public service reach the pinnacles of their careers.
The 40+ skills taught here help you become highly effective, by showing you how to identify and focus on the activities that give you the greatest returns. Doing this will save you time, helping you work smarter, not harder. What's more, these same techniques help you beat work overload – a key source of stress.
Start with our short time management quiz, which helps you target the techniques that will help you most, and then explore the other articles. In particular, take a look at our prioritization and goal setting resources – these are exceptionally important.
What is Time Management?
Working Smarter to Enhance Productivity
How Good is Your Time Management?
Discover the Time Management Tools That Can Help You
10 Common Time Management Mistakes
Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Finding More Time in Your Day
The Key to Efficiency
Becoming Exceptionally Well Organized
Allen's Input Processing Technique
Managing Your Workflow Effectively
Valuing Your Time
Finding Out How Much Your Time is Worth
Can It Help You Get More Done?
Achieving Much More With the Same Effort
How to Be Organized
Taking Control of Your Day
The Art of Filing
Managing Your Documents... and Your Time
Managing Electronic Files
Efficient File Management
Managing Email Effectively
Strategies for Taming Your Inbox
Making Best Use of Your Time and Resources
The Action Priority Matrix
Making the Most of Your Opportunities
Managing Conflicting Priorities
Keeping People Satisfied
Planning to Make the Best Use of Your Time
The Pickle Jar Theory
Make Your Schedule Work and Leave Time for Fun!
Is This a "Morning" Task?
Scheduling Important Activities for the Right Time of Day
Maintain Focus and Keep Control of Your Time
Dealing With Lateness
Solving Punctuality Problems
Organizing Disorganized People
Motivating Your Team to Change
Managing Your Work Environment
The Art of Concise Conversations
Stick to the Point – Humanely
Creating Time in Your Day
Maximizing a Busy Schedule
Improve Your Concentration
Achieving Focus Amid Distractions
Maximizing Productivity Through Improved Focus
The Flow Model
Balancing Challenge and Skills
The Pomodoro Technique®
Staying Focused Throughout the Day
Working From Home
Staying Focused Amid Distractions
Powering Through Your Day
Personal Goal Setting
Planning to Live Your Life Your Way
How Good is Your Goal Setting?
Are you Meeting Your Goals, or Missing out?
Eight Common Goal-Setting Mistakes
Achieving Your Dreams the Right Way
Locke's Goal-Setting Theory
Understanding SMART Goal Setting
Using Backward Planning to Set Goals
Golden Rules of Goal Setting
Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success
Personal Mission Statements
Defining Your Goals
Imagining – and Achieving – Your Goals
Visualizing Your Goal for Greater Achievement
New Year's Resolutions
Planning for a Year of Achievement
How to Develop Long-Term Focus
Staying Motivated to Achieve Distant Goals
Half-Time Review - A Lesson From Sport
A Lesson From Sport
Practical Tools and Strategies
Manage Your Time. Get It All Done.
Persisting Until You Reach Your Goals
Snyder's Hope Theory
Cultivating Aspiration in Your Life
Enhancing Motivation by Meeting Basic Needs
Breaking Bad Habits
Overcoming Negative Behaviors
Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
This ensures that you don’t lose your plan.
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