Do you know how to prioritize tasks and work on a number of different projects at once? Will you use your time on the job wisely?

Time management is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools, and systems working together to help you get more value out of your time with the aim of improving the quality of your life. 

The important point is that time management is not necessarily about getting lots of stuff done, because much more important than that is making sure that you are working on the right things, the things that truly need to be done. Smart time managers know that there is much more to do than anyone could possibly accomplish. So instead of trying to do it all, smart time managers are very picky about how they spend their time.[1]

All time management skills are learnable. More than likely you will see much improvement from simply becoming aware of the essence and causes of common personal time management problems. Visit these time management lesson links to see which techniques are most relevant for your situation:


Especially in today’s technologically based world, using the latest technology can put you ahead of your competition quickly.  Visit this article to learn about 15 time management tools and apps that are currently available and highly recommended.[12]

Time management is also crucial in reducing stress.  Some important tips in connecting time management with stress reduction include:

  • Organize your office.
  • Develop positive lines of communication. (see the previous section for tips on effective workplace communication)
  • Plan your day.
  • Do not over-commit yourself.
  • Develop proper work/life balance.


Read more tips and recommendations in this article on reducing stress through effective time management.[13]


View this video[14] for seven powerful steps towards effective time management in your life and career.

[1] "Time Management - Improve Your Time Management Skills." Effective Time Management Tips, Techniques, Tools and Strategies . < http://www.timethoughts.com/time-management.htm >.

[2] lifehackery. "10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Be Organized | Life Hackery." LifeHackery.com - Useful, Unusual and (Sometimes) Ironic Tips and Tricks to Hack Your Life into Shape. < http://lifehackery.com/2008/02/21/10-ways-to-teach-yourself-to-be-organized/ >.

[3] "How to eliminate procrastination and laziness." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/procrastination.html >.

[4] "Decision making skills and techniques guide." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/decision-making-skills.html >.

[5] "Prioritizing techniques save your time and energy." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/prioritizing.html >.

[6] "What is planning and why you need to plan." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/planning.html >.

[7] "Action plan techniques." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/plan.html >.

[8] "Effective delegation skill and techniques." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/delegation-skill.html >.

[9] "Build coping skills for overcoming life's challenges." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/coping-skills.html >.

[10] "Time tracking with a time log shows the reality of wasted time." Personal time management and goal setting guide. < http://www.time-management-guide.com/time-log.html >.

[11] "Technology Tips for time management from TimeManagement4U.com and Arthur A. Hawkins II.." Time Management Plans and Blueprints Designed Exclusively for You. < http://www.timemanagement4u.com/technology.chtml >.

[12] Dumb Little Man. "15 Awesome Time Management Tools and Apps - by Dumb Little Man." Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life. < http://www.dumblittleman.com/2009/04/15-awesome-time-management-tools-and.html >.

[13] Career Builder. "Time Management Crucial to Reducing Stress." Jobs & Job Search Advice, Employment & Careers | Careerbuilder.com.  < http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1809-Workplace-Issues-Time-Management-Crucial-to-Reducing-Stress/ >.

[14] " Time management tips, time management skills video - YouTube ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo7_bUj5UG4 >.