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…



Maggie Sun

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