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

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

By Meg Selig on April 18, 2017 in Changepower
Work smarter. Take a break! Discover 5 reasons why work breaks can lift your productivity, creativity, and motivation...as well as your spirits.

9 Micro-Behaviors That Feed Your Closest Friendships

Research suggests the benefits of friendship come from your 5 closest friends (not your 150 acquaintances). Here are 9 gestures that nurture close friendships.

Kids Can't Learn Time Management Without Time to Manage

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Inside Education
Want students to utilize time management skills? Then stop taking away their right to access to downtime so they can put the tools they are learning into practice.

The Co-Evolution of Culture

By Paul J. Zak on April 02, 2017 in Neuromanagement
How to create a high-performance culture


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
Many of life's time-sucking tasks needn't take that long.

How to Really Write a Psychology Paper

Students who write psychology papers often get so caught up in trying to sound scientific, that they forget the fact that they are telling a story for an audience.

Ten Simple Tips to Manage the Stress of Moving

Is moving stressing you out? A few tweaks can go a long way.

How to Be Spontaneous

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Trust
Planning for spontaneity seems doomed to fail, but self-trust can help you have more fun.

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

A Libertarian Transhumanist’s Take on the Future of Taxes

Radical technology like robots, software, and artificial intelligence may soon eliminate the need for the IRS, its 74,000+ page tax code, and collection of income taxes.

5 Simple Tips for Applying to Psychology Internships

By Rob Henderson on March 07, 2017 in After Service
Interested in doing psychology research? These five tips will help.

Tired of Putting Things Off, and of Being Seen as a Bore?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Annals of the Emotions
“Another day gone. What are you going to do about it?” Is this what you want to know from your latest watch?

Beating the "Long, Dull Winter": Time Management 101

How to stay on track, beat procrastination, and live life to it's fullest!

Can Punctuality Ruin Love?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in In the Name of Love
There are good reasons for considering punctuality to be a virtue. Is it also a romantic virtue? There are reasons to think it is not.

Ten Ways to Ruin a Conference

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Web of Violence
The secrets for hosting a truly boring meeting, with minimal learning or networking.

Surprising Advice for a Happier and More Meaningful Life

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Happy Trails
Ask yourself this one question.

Becoming More Efficient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
Making better use of your time.

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.

Why Productivity Is Counterproductive

By Caroline Beaton on February 05, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Chasing productivity can sabotage performance and impact.

The Teacher Burnout Epidemic, Part 2 of 2

Teacher burnout is an international epidemic. Is teaching unsustainable, and how does burnout impact students?

Why "Goofing Off" Is Good to Do

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in Think Well
Harness the power of distributed practice to maximize your productivity.

Are You in the Right Career?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Big changes in life can take time. Like changing the course of a huge ship, it takes you to tilt the rudder only slightly to take you to a very different location.

13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Being afraid of change is the biggest danger of all.

Want to Avoid Missing Deadlines? Take the Outside View!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A couple of easy tricks will help you manage your time much more effectively!

In Defense of Time Management (From Someone Who Sucks at It)

A recent article at The Guardian claims that "time management is ruining our lives." But does it have to?

Build Routines Early, Build Skills for the Future

By Jennifer Weil Malatras, Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in The Healthy Child
Struggling to stick to a routine? Research suggests you keep at it. Developing a consistent routine for your children may very well do them good in the long run.

When your Mind is Already on Vacation

How to handle a slave-driver boss during the holidays.

There's Nothing Simple About Simple Pleasures

By Nicole Mead Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Happy Consumer
Simple pleasures can shield you from the bad, make you feel good, and help you meet your daily goals.

Why It's Easy to Procrastinate—and 7 Ways to Break the Habit

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
If you're tired of putting off tasks, consider creating a plan to help you cross those items off your list.

Working to Live or Living to Work?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Happy Trails
Here are three simple ways to improve your work-life balance.