Time management

It is important to be able to balance the conflicting demands on your time in all aspects of your life. Time management also requires effective planning, organising and prioritising skills in order to maximise your personal productivity and efficiency. 

Understand it

In the workplace time management skills are about the capacity to:

  • Allocate appropriate amounts of time and resources to each task you are working on
  • Establish priorities and work out a schedule for what will be achieved when
  • Organise your workload and prioritise different tasks simultaneously
  • Work to deadlines and stay on track
  • Review your work practices to ensure efficiency
  • Identify anything that can be delegated
  • Stay calm when deadlines are approaching

Develop it

The following examples of time management can be developed as part of your degree, part-time work, sandwich placements, voluntary work, hobbies, clubs and societies:

  • Juggling a demanding part-time job with study
  • Setting and meeting deadlines and project dates
  • Writing project plans
  • Using Gantt charts or project planning software
  • Organising social, charity or sporting events

Demonstrate it

Employers are always hungry for hard evidence. A lot of selection and interview practice is competency based. Basically that means that employers score the evidence they find from your application form, interview and other selection procedures to come up with a final assessment of your suitability for the post.

You will need to be reflective in the way that you describe the examples you have developed. The STAR approach where you explain the situation, task, action and result will help you to articulate your evidence in a convincing way. Identify examples of your organisation skills in the Identifying Skills work sheet.

Examples of competency based questions used by graduate recruiters relating to time management:

  • How do you structure your time at university ensuring you balance your personal life? (PwC)

The following sources of information will help you to develop your confidence in this area:   

Page last updated: Monday 22 July 2013