Time Management

Use these time management tips and time management strategies to do your job better and more efficiently.

More time management tips

  • Get up early.
    Getting up just an hour earlier can make a tremendous difference in how your day is structured. When you get up early, you have more time for life's unplanned emergencies, such as car trouble, childcare issues, sickness, or miscellaneous errands. Consider going to bed a little earlier to make up for lost sleep.
  • Turn off the television.
    According to the American Time Use Survey, Americans older than 15 spend an average of 2.8 hours per day watching TV. If you watch two or more hours of television a day, consider cutting back or turning off the TV altogether. Computers and mobile devices can also be a distraction when they're not being used for anything productive, so you may want to cut back your time on them as well.
  • Use a calendar.
    Keep a calendar of important professional and personal appointments and events. There are several types of calendars ranging from to-do lists to day planners and desk planners to online calendars (which often are part of email programs like Gmail and Microsoft Outlook) to calendar apps for mobile phones and tablets. Choose the type that is easiest for you to maintain.
  • Plan meals in advance.
    With a shopping list and coupons in hand, grocery shop for an entire week or two. When feasible, buy in bulk. It'll save you time and money. If you know you'll be particularly busy one week, prepare something you can freeze and reheat easily.