Research Conversations: Time Management

Author: Leader in Me
January 18, 2024


In this episode of Change Starts Here: Research Conversations, cognitive neuroscientist Eve Miller, Ph.D, and former educators Jennifer Chevalier, Ed.D. and Kim Yaris, M.Ed. discuss time management. They debunk common myths about time management and offer suggestions that can lead to increased productivity. 


Time management is the ability to use time effectively to get the most important things done. It involves prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and allocating appropriate amounts of time to different activities. By effectively managing time, individuals can maximize productivity, reduce stress, and achieve desired outcomes in both their personal and professional lives. 

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Time management is crucial for academic success and personal growth. Here are some practical techniques to enhance time management skills in students:

Prioritization through List-Making

Encourage students to make two lists: one for tasks they need to do and another for tasks they want to do. This simple exercise helps them distinguish between urgent and desirable activities, fostering a habit of prioritizing effectively.

Developing a Sense of Time

Talk to students about the duration of tasks. For instance, explain that it takes about one minute to put away math materials and two minutes to line up for lunch. This helps younger students develop an intuitive understanding of how long activities take and aids in planning their time better.

Incorporating Buffer Days

Teach students the importance of being realistic about their time and capacity. Show them how building buffer days into their schedules can lead to more successful time management. For example, if a project is due in two weeks, advise them to aim for completion a few days earlier. This approach allows for unexpected delays without jeopardizing the deadline.

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Time Management Statistics for 2023

In this article, the research scientists at Timeular compile time management statistics in a wide range of categories ranging from time wasters to enhancing time management skills. 

Time Management is About More Than Life Hacks

In this article, Professor Erich Dierdorff advocates for improving time management through skill development rather than relying on quick-fix life hacks.


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