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

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 in Hide and Seek
Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

What It Really Means To Humanize Work

By Tim Leberecht on June 14, 2015 in The Romance of 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

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 09, 2015 in Minding the Body
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.

Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I’m a ‘timeist.’ A timeist is someone who discriminates against others who waste their time. I hoard my time like misers hoard their money and animals hoard their food. Time has become truly precious to me and any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return.

8 Mindful Ways to Slow Down Time

How many times have you wished you had more time in the day? Here are 8 simple ways to shift your perception of time and increase your productivity.

Why You and Your Partner Need to Unplug

Confronting technoference in your relationship: The risks involved in developing an addictive relationship with technology and encouragement to take steps to become less compulsive.

The Secret Reason We Procrastinate

If you struggle to get things done, research shows how changing the way you think about time could skyrocket your productivity.

The Truth About Trying to Do It All (Simultaneously)

Have you ever been so consumed with what happened at work that you find yourself in your driveway with no real recollection of how you got there? What price are we paying for a life on autopilot?

A Workover: A Teacher Wants a Change

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

The Procrastination Prescription

Why do we put things off, even when they're important? How do we overcome our own resistance? When your plate is full and you've got the "I shouldn't be online right now" blues, try these 6 strategies to get things done ... or not.

The Opposite of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Deborah's Story

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Chronotherapy
Spring has finally sprung, and now’s a great time to take stock of mistakes that produced the gloomy winter past. Psychologist Elizabeth Saenger tells the story of her co-worker’s descent from the Get-Up-and-Go Olympics to a turtle in molasses. And how she and you can turn this picture around.

Susie Orman Schnall Wants You To Find Balance

Susie Orman Schnall, founder of the Balance Project, shares how we can find the perfect work-life balance in our busy lives.

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.

3 Ways to Unplug, and 4 Reasons It Will Improve Your Life

Work/Life Integration: How to get more done by focusing less on work.

Are You Suffering From Telepressure? Time for the Cure

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

Work Hours, Work-Life Conflict, and Well-Being in Academics

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on April 30, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Pressures on academic staff are increasing due to factors such as recruitment and promotion freezes, a targeted reduction in staff numbers, and increasing student numbers.

No Time For Figuring Out Your Money?

By Michael F. Kay on April 30, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Life is busy and maybe even overwhelming at times. Work, family, friends, hitting the gym, scheduling, and taxi service for your kids—it's a lot. Finding time to dig into the meat of your finances can be a battle you ignore at your peril.

Nine Ways to Improve Your Time Management

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 17, 2015 in How To Do Life
We all seem to need to do more in less time. These tips can help.

The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Passion

By Gregg Levoy on April 10, 2015 in Passion!
Passion can be either beneficial or detrimental, life-giving or life-denying. And it can share a border with mania. Here’s how to tell whether your passion for work and life is healthy or not.

Five Easier Tips for Time Management

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Most poor managers of time are insufficiently motivated to follow the usual recommendations.

When You Don't Have Time for Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Now that spring has sprung, it's a good time to focus on becoming healthier. For many, this may sound like an overwhelming task. But creating small, reasonable goals is the best way to make lifestyle changes.

Resilience: 4 Ways to Move Forward After Time Stands Still

Resiliency is a gift, but in some ways it is an art that can be cultivated.

Study Finds People with ADHD More Likely to Die Prematurely

The findings of this study can be anxiety-provoking for anyone touched by AD/HD. But the answer may be as simple as effective treatment.

Procrastination Part I: Why You Do It

Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It. Procrastination is often used to manage struggles with self-esteem. By Jane Burka Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph.D.

You Can't Be Mad at Your Mind - Part 2

By Elizabeth R Thornton on February 25, 2015 in The Objective Leader
How often do you do this? You have the power to do this less by learning to be more objective!

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

Need to Make a Change? This Is How to Think About It.

Anywhere you jump in the vicious virtuous circle is okay, because each of these crucial practices reinforces the other.

A Foolish Football Call?

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Incompetence
Pete Carroll's decision to throw a goal line slant pass, which resulted in a game-ending interception, rather than hand the ball off to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, is considered by most commenter to have been profoundly foolish. Use of a four-factor foolish action analytic framework, however, suggests it was not as foolish as it appeared to be at the time.