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These Time Management Skills Can Make You a Better Employee—and Improve Your Work-Life Balance

By | Leah Campbell |

Time management is one of those important work and life skills that seems to find its way into every job interview and performance review. That’s because recruiters and management teams alike know that an employee’s time management skills can make or break just about any project they’re working on. And science has backed this up, with researchers finding a direct link between time management skills and job performance in events management and other industries.

The problem is, while most everyone recognizes the importance of time management, you might not know how to learn or teach those skills. You may even mistakenly believe that you’re either good at time management or you aren’t, with little room for gray in between and no potential for improvement.

We’re here to tell you that conception is wrong: Time management is actually comprised of multiple skills—so you can have aptitude in different areas—and you can absolutely improve them to make yourself more productive, get stronger performance reviews, and find better work-life balance.

What Are Time Management Skills?

Despite it being such a commonly used phrase in the workplace, time management isn’t a concept most people can readily define.

A time management skill is anything that helps you save time and be more efficient, says time management and office organization expert Eileen Roth, author of Organizing for Dummies. “This includes goal setting, planning, prioritizing, efficiently using your calendar, creating routines, decision making, delegating, avoiding time wasters like procrastination and interruptions, [and] handling meetings productively,” Roth says. “Even organizing your workspace is a time management skill.”

Not only do these skills help you to be more efficient in your work, they also improve your ability to meet deadlines and expectations. “Time management skills are about learning how to use your time in a way that supports your goals,” says time management and leadership coach Alexis Haselberger. “It’s about learning to be proactive with your time instead of reactive.” In other words: Strong time management skills allow you to plan ahead and make good use of your time so that you aren’t constantly scrambling to meet deadlines at the final hour.

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