Time Management

Beat Work Overload. Be More Effective. Achieve More.

Bring focus to the way you work.

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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.

The Browse by Category box below will help you find specific skills, and you can skim through the list below to find useful topics. Enjoy them!

Time Management Skills – Start Here!  
Work Smarter. Improve Time Utilization.

How Good is Your Time Management?  
Discover the Time Management Tools That Can Help You

10 Common Time Management Mistakes  
Avoiding Common Pitfalls

General Time Management Tools

Activity Logs  
Finding More Time in Your Day

To-Do Lists  
The Key to Efficiency

Action Programs  
Becoming Exceptionally Well Organized

Allen's Input Processing Technique  
Managing Your Workflow Effectively

Valuing Your Time  
Finding Out How Much Your Time is Worth

Multitasking  
Can It Help You Get More Done?

Leverage  
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

Prioritization

Prioritization  
Making Best Use of Your Time and Resources

The Action Priority Matrix  
Making the Most of Your Opportunities

Managing Conflicting Priorities  
Keeping People Satisfied

Scheduling

Effective Scheduling  
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

Time Management Challenges

Managing Interruptions  
Maintain Focus and Keep Control of Your Time

Dealing With Lateness  
Solving Punctuality Problems

Organizing Disorganized People  
Motivating Your Team to Change

Minimizing Distractions  
Managing Your Work Environment

The Art of Concise Conversations  
Stick to the Point – Humanely

Creating Time in Your Day  
Maximizing a Busy Schedule

Concentration and Focus

Improve Your Concentration  
Achieving Focus Amid Distractions

In Flow  
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

Energizing Yourself  
Powering Through Your Day

Goal Setting

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

Backward 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

Visualization  
Imagining – and Achieving – Your Goals

Treasure Mapping  
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

Self-Motivation

Motivating Yourself  
Practical Tools and Strategies

Overcoming Procrastination  
Manage Your Time. Get It All Done.

Self-Discipline  
Persisting Until You Reach Your Goals

Snyder's Hope Theory  
Cultivating Aspiration in Your Life

Self-Determination Theory  
Enhancing Motivation by Meeting Basic Needs

Breaking Bad Habits  
Overcoming Negative Behaviors

Staying Challenged  
Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone


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