How to Achieve Effective Time Management

Maggie Sun
3 min readMay 10, 2023

Time management is important for achieving goals, increasing productivity, improving decision-making, reducing stress, and finding a better work life balance.

Successful time management entails four crucial steps.

1) Goal Setting

Set goals using the SMART method — introduced by Peter Drucker in his framework of MBO, Management by Objectives — which in essence is to make sure that the goals you set are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

2) Prioritization

Prioritize tasks based on Eisenhower Matrix:

For example, look at your daily tasks and determine which are:

  • Important and urgent: Do these tasks right away.
  • Important but not urgent: Decide when to do these tasks.
  • Urgent but not important: Delegate these tasks if possible.
  • Not urgent and not important: Set these aside to do later.

3) Delegation

Delegate as much as you can to free yourself for strategically more important and urgent tasks. When you delegate…

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Maggie Sun

MBA, certified agile coach and experienced strategy analyst, specializing in business agility, agile leadership, Beyond Budgeting, and general management.