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Time management is the process of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities and priorities.  The benefits of time management include better habits and greater productivity.  Improved time management increases your focus, builds confidence, and allows you to plan your time more effectively.

Effective time management helps leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners achieve their goals.  Managing your time wisely improves work-life balance and increases happiness.  Good time management also reduces stress and allows you to achieve your goals faster and easier.  

Time management benefits you in every area of your life.  Time management is important to help you prioritise better and increase your productivity.  Good time management also makes you more intentional about how to invest your time. 

Managing your time helps you work smarter, not harder so you can get more done in less time and capture bigger opportunities.  Time management is important to help you maximise your strengths and plan your day efficiently.  Good time management helps you work smarter, not harder, ensuring you get more productive work done in less time.

In this article, I’ll share the importance of time management.  In addition, I’ll outline the benefits of time management and give you ten tips to improve your time management skills.

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What is time management?

Time management is the process of organising and managing your time. Good time management  helps you schedule your time between your most important activities.  Effective time management means you take control of your time and energy.  Taking control of your time enables you to achieve bigger and better results in less time, without the stress. 

The objective of time management is to maximise the time you spend on specific activities that help you achieve your goals faster.  The benefits of managing time allow you to  reduce time on unimportant work and increase time on important work.

Good time management enables you to achieve greater levels of performance and productivity.  When you work smarter, not harder, you achieve better results in less time with less effort.  Working smarter enables you to get more done and achieve your goals faster.  

Time management skills mean focusing time on the things that are most important to you.  It also means spending less time on everything else.  Essential time management skills include prioritising, goal setting, and delegation.  Effective time management includes better scheduling, improved decision-making, better organisation, and time leverage.

Discover the most important time management skills to manage your time better.

What are the benefits of managing time?

The benefits of managing time are simple.  Good time management allows you to accomplish bigger results in a shorter period of time which leads to more time freedom, helps you focus better, allows you to be more productive, lowers your stress and gives you more time to spend with the people that matter most.

When you manage time, it’s easier to achieve bigger results and bigger goals simply and productively.  The benefits of managing time include greater effectiveness and productivity with less stress.  The advantages of good time management at work mean you can work less and achieve bigger results. 

Effective time management techniques increase your focus and productivity.  They also reduce distractions and procrastination.   Taking control of your time through good time management increases your productivity.  It also helps you get more of your important work done simply and easily.

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Benefits of good time management 

Here are 10 benefits of time management.

1. Less stress 

Managing your time reduces your stress level and increases your confidence.  Taking control of your time also reduces stress and anxiety.  Good time management means meeting tight deadlines and planning your time.

Managing your time stops overwhelm and ensures you don’t feel tired all the time.  Good time management enables you to be more productive with the time you have.  Increased productivity ensures you stay on top of your to-do list and prioritise your most important work.  With less stress, you feel clear and more confident about how to invest your time. 

Less stress increases productivity and helps you sleep better.  It also helps create a better work-life balance. 

Take action.  Identify three causes of stress that impact your ability to manage your time.  Get clear on the causes of stress and outline the difference it would make if you could eliminate this stress.  Pick the biggest cause of stress and set one action you can take to eliminate that stress.

Stress often comes from feeling overwhelmed.  Discover how to eliminate stress and stop feeling overwhelmed at work.

2. Better work-life balance 

One of the most important benefits of time management is a better work-life balance.  If you achieve a better work-life balance, you can be more productive at work and have more time to spend on your most important relationships. 

Work-life balance creates a good balance between your professional life and personal life.  When you spend long hours at work, you risk burnout and feeling tired all the time

An essential benefit of good time management is you understand the value of time.  You get clear on how you can achieve your goals in less time at work and have more time for the people that matter at home. 

To manage your time better between work and home, read my tips to create a better work-life balance

3. More time freedom 

Time management techniques ensure you have the time freedom to do more of the things that matter most to you.  Good time management ensures you focus time on your biggest priorities.  Prioritisation creates greater time freedom. 
One of the key benefits of time management is greater time freedom.  When you have greater time freedom, you can focus your time on setting and achieving your biggest goals.
Greater time freedom also ensures you have more time to spend with family and friends.  You have more time to deepen relationships and pursue new hobbies.  Having more time freedom also allows you to follow your purpose in life.
Take action.  Ask yourself what you would do if you could free up an additional five hours or ten hours a week.  Write down the three most important things and get clear on the difference doing those things would make in your life.  Then, layout a simple action plan to make those changes a reality.
Discover the benefits of achieving greater time freedom

4. Greater focus 

Effective time management increases your focus and improves your productivity.  Greater focus allows you to capture bigger opportunities.  It also allows you to spend more time on the projects, goals, and people that matter. 
Time management is important in helping you achieve greater focus and prioritisation.  When you better manage your time, you increase focus and take control of your day.
Good time management doesn’t mean expanding your to-do list and working longer.  Time management means working smarter, not harder.
When you manage your time, you have a greater focus on your most productive activities.  This helps build positive habits.  It also ensures you spend more time on the activities that help you reach your goals.
You can manage your time better when you have greater focus.  Discover my proven tips on how to improve focus.

5. Higher levels of productivity 

Good time management skills increase your productivity and help you get more done. 
Time management skills help you reduce stress and prioritise your time.  Effective time management clarifies your goals and prioritises your most important tasks.  As a result, you have more time to achieve bigger and better results.
When you manage your time, you can plan your day and increase your performance.  Daily planning improves your productivity.  Planning your time is an important element of time management.  Planning increases productivity and effectiveness.  
To be more productive with your time it’s important to identify your daily priorities.  Identifying your priorities helps you spend your most productive time working on them.   
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6. Less procrastination 

Procrastination happens when you don’t manage your time.  When you aren’t clear and focused on your goals, it’s easy to procrastinate.  Poor time management causes distraction and procrastination.  
Building effective time management skills and managing time ensures you don’t procrastinate.  Managing your time ensures you feel in control of your workload, which helps to stop procrastination.
When you feel focused and in control of your time, you are less likely to procrastinate.  When you are clear and focused on your goals, you spend more time working on your biggest priorities.
Take action.  Identify the three biggest causes of your procrastination and layout the first action step you can take to eliminate each of the causes one by one.
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7. Things are simpler and easier 

Effective time management skills make things simple and easy.  When you take control of your time, you are more confident and capable.  Good time management ensures you feel clear and confident about how to use your time.  As a result, you stop feeling overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated.   

Good time management enables you to work on your goals and make effective to-do lists.  This planning helps you prioritise your most important tasks.  As a result, you invest your time and energy to produce the outcomes and results you want.
Discover the best time management tips to manage your time more effectively.
8. Less distraction 
Effective time management eliminates distractions and boosts concentration.  Distraction impacts your time management and lowers your productivity. 
Developing effective time management skills increases focus and limits distractions.  When you manage time, you can plan better and prioritise better. This helps you schedule your most important work.
Effective time managers set aside chunks of time to work on their most important work.  Additionally, they set better boundaries around their time to increase focus. 
Better boundaries increases focus ensures you focus your time on your biggest priorities.  It also helps reduce overwhelm and distraction.
Distractions happen when you have too much to do.  Read my guide to overcome having too much going on

9. Increased energy 

One of the biggest benefits of managing time is greater energy and motivation.  When you work longer and harder your energy levels can drop and you feel tired all the time. 
Good time management skills help you manage your energy and productivity levels.  One of the most important benefits of time management is greater energy.  Increased energy helps you focus on your most important work.
When you have more energy you are more focused and productive for longer.  When energy levels drop, it’s easier to get overwhelmed and start procrastinating.  Good time managers schedule their time and take regular breaks throughout the day.  To manage your time, keep your energy levels high to increase productivity.
Take action.  Over one week, make a note every time you feel drained and have no energy.  Write down the cause of this drop in energy.  At the end of the week, analyse every instance where you have no energy and the cause, then take action to eliminate the biggest causes.
Discover how time leverage will help you take control of your time. 

10. Time to think

Effective time management strategies give you more to think and plan.  Planning your time ensures you have more time to work on your biggest priorities.  With more time to strategise, you have more time to focus on achieving your goals.

Poor time management means you don’t have time to make progress on your biggest goals.  Having time to think about how to make progress on your goals is as important as taking action.
Good time management ensures you have time for strategic and creative planning time.  As a result, you can be more productive and focused with the time you have.
Take action.  At the end of each day, write down three things you were happy about and three things you were frustrated about.  Explore ways you can do more of the things you were happy with and eliminate the things that frustrate you.  


The benefits of time management include greater clarity, greater capability, and greater confidence.  When you are clear on the best use of your time, you become more focused and productive.  Good time management helps you achieve bigger goals, reduces procrastination, and increases productivity.
Effective time management reduces overwhelm and helps you prioritise, ensuring you work smarter and achieve your goals faster. 

Transform your time management in 30-minutes 

Imagine a future where managing your time better felt simpler and easier rather than overwhelming and confusing.  

Imagine a future where you were totally clear on the bigger and better results you wanted and had a game plan to achieve them by doing more of what you love to do and do best.

If that sounds like the future you want, a clear path to achieving it is just one clarity call away.  If you’re an ambitious, growth focused business owner or leader who wants more time freedom to achieve what’s most important, take the first step towards creating the future you want by booking a free 30-minute clarity call with  a time management expert.

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About Mark Pettit

Mark Pettit is a time management coach and accountability coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He provides time management coaching programs and accountability coaching programs to business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs in the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia.

If you want to manage your time better and achieve your goals faster, book a free 30-minute clarity call to discover how a time management coach can help you plan and prioritise your time more effectively.  

Mark also writes about time management, productivity, and goal achievement.  Each month, over 18,000 people read Mark’s articles to help them manage their time better and achieve their goals faster.

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