As a professional organizer, I offer time management consultations virtually and in-person to help my clients gain better control of their schedules. I am often asked, “What is the best time management tool?” The answer is, “That it really varies based on the individual person.” It really depends on your own personality and learning style. Some people work well with only paper, others only digitally, and still others use a mix. Here’s a look at several types of time management resources and tools.
Paper Calendars & Planners
Some people plan better on paper, so there are many options that have worked for years, and some newer products available. A simple notepad with a written to-do list, and any type of monthly calendar or weekly or daily planner is beneficial to manage your time on paper. Here are a some of the types of paper calendars and planners available:
If you prefer digital calendars, there are many available, including these:
Productivity tools are other ways to help you stay on-time and on task. These can be as simple as clock, a stop watch or kitchen timer, but there are also a couple of other timers that give you visual or auditory cues on the passage of time.
If you prefer to use digital applications to manage your to-do list and productivity, there are numerous options available, such as these:
It takes some trial and error to find the time management tool or tools that are right for you. One very important reminder is that tasks on your to-do list, either paper or digital, must be connected to a date and time on your calendar so you can be sure they get completed. Take some time to try out the different tools listed above to see what will work best for you.
This information was part of a program on “Effective Time Management” that I presented at Wake County Libraries this month.
Also, check out these other blogs on Time Management:
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atif shahab says
These are undoubtedly awesome productivity management tools. but i would like to recommend TaskQue as well. Its calendars enable you to assign tasks dedicatedly for specific days.
Nancy Haworth says
Thanks for the recommendation!
Very well written article on Time Management. Being in any sector, managing time is the most important thing. For this we can also use time management tools. I am currently using ProofHub. You can also try once. It is a nice tool.
Nancy Haworth says
Thank you for the suggestion for ProofHub. I will check it out!