Time Management Skills

Time management is the ability to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day to effectively accomplish your goals. Poor time management can be related to procrastination, as well as problems with self-control. Skills involved in managing your time include planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and monitoring where your time actually goes. 

Recent Posts on Time Management

Rushing Through Life

Despite all the planning, scheduling and multitasking, for so many of us there never seems to be enough time anymore. We run non-stop around the clock, dividing our attention among millions of things, constantly scrambling for more time. If you want to slow down and take some of your life back, consider trying one (or more) of these approaches.

Need to Conquer Procrastination? Try Working Less.

Is your procrastination getting out of hand? The problem — and the solution — might be simpler than you think.

Why Do Patients Stop Dying When Doctors Go on Strike?

Doctors withdrew their labour, in the different strikes analysed, from between nine days and 17 weeks. Yet all the different studies report population mortality either stayed the same, or even decreased, during medical strikes. Not a single study found death rates increased during the weeks of the strikes, compared to other times.

How Do Academic Prodigies Spend Their Time?

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field. So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours needed to become masters of their field?

The Vacation Edge

Our past experiences can help guide us toward more fulfilling futures--whether the elusive "work/life balance" or setting goals for the next competition.

Asking "Why" Is a Matter of the Heart

We often ask ourselves what we are after and how to get there, but we tend to ignore the reasons why we do things.

The Scary Truth About Procrastination

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 Motivate!
Sometimes finding out the root cause of our behaviors can be downright frightening. Beware the evil that lurks in the minds of the prospective procrastinator!

13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

By Donna Barstow on October 01, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
Routines can be comforting, but when every day looks the same, that can be a danger signal.

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

The Surprising Key to Increasing Your Willpower

Want to increase your willpower? A new study reveals how one small change can make a big difference.

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits? Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer? Do you focus on pleasing others, rather than following your dreams and living your best life? The best way to start feeling better about yourself is to notice the automatic mental and emotional habits that don’t serve you well.

How to Plan for the Future without Missing Out on Today

The truth is we really don’t know if we’re going to wake up tomorrow morning, so it’s important each day to make sure there are special things throughout our day, today, that make it a beautiful.

Coping With Technological Overload

Is your job placing too many technological demands on you? Technology overload is often mentioned as one important area of stress, especially for older workers.

Does Anyone Still Believe in Hard Work?

A ‘work ethic’ is about the idea that working hard is intrinsically a good thing to do. This means that the unemployed will suffer more psychologically, if they hold a strong ‘work ethic.’

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Checklist Medicine Makes For Checklist Monkeys

Why is your doctor only looking at her monitor?

Ten 5-Minute Ways to Get Organized

By Jennifer Haupt on August 29, 2015 One True Thing
There's just never enough time to get everything on your to-do list done, let alone cut down on clutter and get organized. But what if you could actually squeeze more minutes into your day? Here's how stop wasting time, and organize your home and your life in manageable five minute increments.

Attracting Millennial Job Applicants using Social Media

How to Increase Applicant Reach and Reduce Recruiting Costs

Zero Tolerance for Delay

Has the fact that so many services have become so much more efficient caused people to become unreasonably intolerant about any sort of delay?

3 Reasons People Don't Reply to Your Messages

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Are people just too busy these days? Or lazy? Or oversaturated with media? And does anyone (besides me) care?

Back to School

Back to school: How to set your kids up for a happy, successful semester. (Best school year ever!)

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.

How Zoning Out Benefits Your Present and Your Future

Contrary to what we've always been told, we don't mind-wander enough. Research shows a number of benefits to mind-wandering in the realms of creative problem solving, planning, and holding out for something better in the future. With our devices pouring information into us constantly, we block out the important background processing that occurs when we mind-wander.

Completely Alone

A huge proportion of Americans want to have at least some time when they are completely alone, away from everyone else. But what about the small minority? Are there really people who want no time at all to be completely on their own?

Ninety Minute Therapy Sessions

Psychtherapy sessions, like other intense encounters, must have a length that satisfies all parties involved.

4 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Slowing down can actually speed up your productivity. Minor lifestyle changes can go a long way to helping you work smarter, not not harder.

The Art of Idleness

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 25, 2015 Hide and Seek
Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

What It Really Means To Humanize Work

Digital technologies have fomented a stressful culture of extreme connectivity, employee monitoring, and relentless efficiency pressures at work. Software is not only “eating the world,” it is also eating our spirits. And now the robots are coming....What can be done to unlock the future of the human workplace?

May I Have Your Attention?

To ask how I spend my time focuses mainly on me, as though I am independent of the people and world around me. To ask how I invest my attention, on the other hand, focuses on how I engage with the people and world around me.

Why Women Need More Me-Time – and How They Can Claim It

Women who don’t take time for themselves end up feeling overwhelmed, resentful and stressed out. Therapist and author Cherilynn Veland tells how to avoid that trap.