Career Planning Skills Development Important Time Management Skills For Workplace Success By Alison Doyle Alison Doyle Facebook Twitter Website Alison Doyle is one of the nation’s foremost career experts. learn about our editorial policies Updated on December 16, 2021 In This Article View All In This Article What Are Time Management Skills? Types of Time Management Skills Prioritizing Scheduling Task Management Workload Management Delegation More Time Management Skills Examples of Time Management in the Workplace Photo: PM Images / The Image Bank / Getty Images What are time management skills, and why are they important in the workplace? Employees who manage their time well are more productive, more efficient, and more likely to meet deadlines. They focus on the most important and time-sensitive tasks and limit the amount of time wasted on non-essential duties. Time management skills, like other soft skills, such as organizational skills, are in high demand. Employers will be assessing your ability to manage your time, and the effectiveness of your team to reach department objectives. Learn about time management skills, understand why they are valuable in the workplace, review the different types of time management skills, and see examples of how they are used on the job. What Are Time Management Skills? Time management involves both managing your own time and the time of the others. Time management means working efficiently, and employers in every industry look for staff that can make optimal use of the time available to them on the job. Saving time saves the organization money and increases revenue. Effective time management requires staff to analyze their workload, assign priorities, and maintain focus on productive endeavors. Note Employees who are excellent time managers can eliminate distractions and enlist support from colleagues to help accomplish their goals. Types of Time Management Skills The Balance Prioritizing It might be impossible to do every single minute task expected of you. You also might want to do everything all at once. But you must prioritize so that you are able to complete the most important tasks in an order that makes sense. When assigning priority, consider such factors as when each task needs to be done, how long it might take, how important it might be to others in the organization, what could happen if a task is not done, and whether any task might be interrupted by bottlenecks in the process. AllocationManaging ExpectationsWaste PreventionPrioritizing requests and demandsHigh-Value Activities (HVAs)Performance ReviewsGoal Setting Scheduling Scheduling is important because some tasks have to be done at specific times. Scheduling affects your day, your week, your month, as well as other people’s workflow. Most have specific times of the day when they are more or less productive as a result of energy levels and demands of the day. Schedules can be a good way to avoid procrastination, too. Scheduling SoftwareIntentionalityPunctualityBreaking broader goals into milestonesBreaking up milestones into projects Task Management To-do lists (properly prioritized and integrated with your schedule) are a great way to avoid forgetting something important. They are also a great way to avoid spending all day thinking about everything you have to do. Remembering tasks takes energy and thinking about everything you have to do all week can be exhausting and overwhelming. Split all the necessary tasks up into a list for each day, and you won’t have to worry about all of it all at once. Just take your tasks one day at a time. Proactive Batching Creating daily, weekly, and monthly to do lists Multitasking Thoroughness Organization Email Management Workload Management Pacing your work, even though it may seem an odd thing to call a skill, is an important time management concept. Although working long hours or skipping breaks can sometimes improve productivity in the short term, your exhaustion later will ensure that your overall productivity actually drops. Except for rare emergencies, it is important to resist the temptation to over work. Include necessary breaks, and a sensible quitting time, in your schedule. Knowing and enforcing an optimum workload for yourself ensures consistency in your performance and avoids burnout. Employers want to be able to count on you for the long-term. Process ManagementAssertivenessEliminating WasteTaking Breaks Delegation Depending on what type of work you do, you may be able to delegate some tasks. Knowing what and when to delegate is an important skill. Some people resist delegating, either because they want to maintain control or because they want to save money by not hiring assistants. Both approaches ultimately hurt productivity and raise costs. Remember, however, that if you practice time management diligently and still can’t get everything done, you may be trying to do too much. It is better to succeed at a few tasks than to attempt and fail at many. Seeking Expert AssistanceModerating MeetingsPresentationTeamworkLeadershipCollaborationMotivation More Time Management Skills Here are more time management for resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill. Auditing Self-care Openness Productivity Software Communication Adaptability High Stress Tolerance Dependability Attention to Detail Deductive Reasoning Inductive Reasoning Critical Thinking Evaluating Ongoing Improvement Risk Management Troubleshooting Quality Assurance Project Management Conflict Management Discernment Compliance Articulating Brainstorming Efficiency Diligence Problem Sensitivity Examples of Time Management in the Workplace This list provides examples of effective time management at work. A - E Adapting plans to changing circumstances.Allocating time for specific tasks.Analyzing processes and selecting the simplest way to accomplish a task.Asking for help when overwhelmed with demands.Assertiveness to say no to inappropriate demands that distract from central duties.Attacking more complex tasks when you have the highest energy and sharpest concentrations.Auditing how time is spent.Avoiding excessive small talk with co-workers.Avoiding procrastination; acting instead of worrying.Breaking broader goals into smaller parts and focusing on one step at a time.Breaking up projects into manageable parts.Creating daily, weekly and monthly “to do” lists.Creating schedules.Delegating more routine tasks to lower level staff.Eating well to maintain energy.Eliminating time wasters.Exercising and participating in other stress-reducing activities during leisure time to maximize energy when at work. F - Z Facilitating efficient meetings; sticking with time frames for meetings. Grouping similar tasks together to limit transition time. Maintaining an organized work area. Multitasking; shifting smoothly from one task to another. Openness to more efficient ways of doing things. Organizing digital files for easy retrieval. Planning your day the night before or first thing in the morning. Prioritizing requests and demands. Prioritizing a list of projects and focusing on higher value tasks with more immediate deadlines. Punctuality. Putting cell phones aside to eliminate the distraction of personal messages unless required for work. Reviewing performance and eliminating deviations from priorities. Setting daily, weekly and monthly goals. Setting realistic standards for quality and avoiding perfectionism. Setting specific times for responding to email. Taking short breaks to restore energy. Touching each piece of paper or reading each email just once, whenever feasible. How to Make Your Skills Stand Out Add Relevant Skills to Your Resume: For executive assistants and managers, the time management skills listed above are important to include in your resume. Highlight Skills in Your Cover Letter: While reading the job description carefully, note in your letter similar projects where time management was key. Use Skill Words in Your Job Interview: Review these time management interview questions prior to your job interviews, so you’re prepared to respond with specific examples of how you effectively manage your workload. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. O*NET OnLine. "Skills — Time Management." Accessed Dec. 16, 2021.