The term time management became familiar in the 1950s and 1960s as referring to a collection of tools to help managers make better use of available time. These tools were based on practical experience, and were presented in the form of dos and don’ts. The term appears to indicate that time is managed, but actually activities are managed over time. Time management is self-management with an explicit focus on time in deciding what to do, on how much time to allocate to activities, on how activities can be done more efficiently, and on when the time is right for particular activities. Much of the advice on time management concerns the standardization and routinization of activities to increase efficiency. The time gained with this increased efficiency ...

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