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9 Effective Time Management Benefits

The benefits of time management are many. Discover the most important positive changes you can drive when managing your time effectively.

Gabriele Culot
Written by Gabriele Culot
January 24, 2023
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Key takeaways

  1. Effective time management comes with significant benefits that go far beyond simply freeing more time.
  2. From decreased stress to better career opportunities, practicing time management skills can boost your personal and professional life.
  3. Having a clear understanding of what the benefits of time management are will help you turn this habit into a core part of your daily routine

The benefits of time management are lasting and can even be life and career-changing. They don’t only reflect in creating extra time in your workday. When you prioritize good time management, you improve both your professional and personal lives.

Below are 9 key benefits of taking control of your day. Keep them in mind when planning your daily schedule and list of tasks—they’ll help you achieve a better work-life balance and better work results.

1. Decreased stress

Poor time management skills increase stress levels and foster a procrastination mindset where vital tasks are missed, and the quality of your work decreases. Your workflow suffers, and you may even waste time thinking about what you haven’t done yet, and what you still have on your plate. It may even lead to burnout.

The significant benefit of proper time management is that planning your day with a buffer for unknown challenges or issues that may arise helps you create less stress in your day and gain clarity around your tasks. If you don’t go overboard with the number of items on your to-do list and plan realistically, you can decrease stress and facilitate deep focus on specific tasks.

When you are in control of your time, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed by competing demands and deadlines. By having a clear understanding of what needs to get done and a plan for how to do it, you are less likely to experience feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, leading to a reduction in stress. 

2. Better decision making

Effective decision-making is impacted by proper time management techniques. This highlights the importance of time management, not just for your daily tasks but for the quality of your overall work.

Time management skills involve learning how to determine which are the most important tasks you need to complete, which improves your thinking process and helps you make better decisions with less effort. When you prioritize your tasks, you are less likely to miss important deadlines or overlook important details, which can improve the quality and accuracy of your decisions.

Good time management skills also help you avoid making important decisions at the last minute and allocate sufficient time for research, analysis, and reflection, allowing you to make decisions that are well-informed and well-considered.

3. Increased productivity

Did you know that jumping from one activity to another can waste 40% of your productive time? Effective time management increases your productivity if you replace multitasking and switching between several tasks with driven focus. 

By using different techniques for time management, like Pomodoro, you allocate a specific amount of time to a single task, and don’t move to another until the first one is completed. This helps you minimize interruptions and alleviate the psychological pressure of having to think about multiple tasks at the same time, which allows you to complete projects faster and with more accuracy. 

Increased productivity can benefit many aspects of your life. Good time management skills also allow you enough time for breaks, self-care, and rest, which can improve your overall well-being and support sustained productivity over time.

4. Improved reputation

Being in control of your time can boost your reputation. Proper planning helps you stop scattering your attention and procrastinating. Having a good reputation is a direct benefit of learning how to prioritize your different tasks in your workday.

It’s also a benefit that leads to even more great things like new career opportunities and promotions. Your team members and business leadership notice when you use time management strategies. They may not know precisely what you’re doing, but they see you as a reliable colleague who gets things done.

Many companies are even willing to invest in time management training for their employees, since it’s valuable for any role.

5. Optimal work-life balance 

Effective time management skills enable you to find balance throughout your day and ensure more time for hobbies, rest, family, and friends, which helps you achieve the highly desired and often elusive work-life balance.

Mastering time management skills will allow you to make sure you organize your working hours so that you can finish all important work and leave your (home) office without continuing to worry about work-related tasks. You’ll have space to enjoy your free time and truly unplug.

Understanding how to leverage time management means you’ll also find ways to optimize other areas of your life. At home, you’ll understand how to set time limits and spend less time on social media, apps, and any specific activities that drain you.

6. Better results and achievements

Creating an effective time management strategy will also help you set more realistic goals, achieve more impressive results, and improve the quality of your work.

When you equip yourself with time management skills, you’ll learn how to minimize distractions, set aside time for deep focus, eliminate multitasking and any tasks that waste time, and efficiently meet deadlines without losing sleep. You’ll also know how important it is for your goals to be time-bound (remember the SMART framework for setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals), so you’ll invest effort to plan every activity and task.

Better results will naturally lead to a better reputation at work, which means that the benefits of time management tend to build upon one another.

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7. Increased self discipline

Time management skills can help increase self-discipline by providing structure and routine to your day, and enabling you to set and meet specific goals and deadlines.

When you practice good time management, you develop habits that promote productivity, focus, and goal attainment, and reduce procrastination. This helps you take control of your time, and as you become more efficient and productive, you also increase your motivation and develop a stronger sense of personal responsibility and accountability.

Over time, these habits can become second nature, helping you to maintain self-discipline and achieve your personal and professional goals.

8. Stronger self-confidence

Good time management skills can positively affect self-confidence. When you are able to effectively manage your time, you are more likely to meet your goals and responsibilities, both personal and professional. Consequently, you repeatedly experience the success of doing what you set out to do, which builds your confidence and helps you grow in every area of your life.

You will grow a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and avoid feelings of stress and burnout, which can negatively impact self-confidence.

Higher confidence leads to more opportunities and the willingness to take on challenges to reach even higher goals, so you may experience career improvement or start communicating more assertively in workplace relationships and those with friends and family.

9. Faster career growth

Effective time management can help you get noticed and speed up career growth by enabling you to be more productive, efficient, and focused in your work.

When you are able to prioritize your tasks, allocate your time effectively, and meet deadlines, you demonstrate your reliability and competence to your employer and coworkers. This can lead to increased opportunities for advancement, responsibility, and recognition, helping you to advance in your career.

Good time management skills can help you avoid burnout and increase job satisfaction, which can increase motivation and overall job performance. By effectively managing your time, you can also find time for professional development activities, such as training and networking, which can further enhance your career growth and advancement.

Make time management easy with Deel

Time management’s benefits significantly impact your life, from experiencing less stress and higher productivity to creating a higher quality of work and developing a work-life balance that works for you.

At Deel, we build Slack-based tools that help you streamline your HR processes and eliminate manual and duplicate work, leaving more time for you to focus on hiring talent and building a positive employee experience for your team.

You can easily automate processes like requesting PTO, scheduling and planning 1-on-1s, and submitting employee referrals, all of it without having to leave Slack.

Learn more about Deel HR and our Slack plugins.

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