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What is Time Management?

Working Smarter to Enhance Productivity

What is Time Management?

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Improve the way that you use your time.

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 (34)
  • Over a month ago Michele wrote
    Hi S_chin,

    We really appreciate hearing from that the tips in our articles are applied in the workplace. It even better to hear that the quality of your work has improved. Way to go, S_chin!

  • Over a month ago S_chin wrote

    I've been using your articles since July and I love them! I find them so helpful and insightful and I read every word to make sure I don't miss anything important. I also appreciate the way my work quality has improved. Now I hope my supervisor has noticed too!

    Thank you again.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Chin
  • Over a month ago Midgie wrote
    Hi PeterJallou,
    Thanks for the feedback. I agree that any app that helps you manage yourself and the time available is great!

    Mind Tools has done reviews of the apps you mention:
    Asana -
    ToDoist -

    Additionally, we have a Certified Time Manager Effectiveness course available to premium members here - This eight-module course helps you develop strategies and approaches to improving overall effectiveness and efficiency.

    Mind Tools Team
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