The Four Basic Time Management Tools You Need

Productivity Tools that Everyone Should Have

People often ask, “Where do I start with time management?”

One of the best places to begin is by making sure you have the proper productivity tools.

After all, the right tools make any task easier.

Essential Time Management Tools

Whether it is a home improvement project or a work deliverable, you always want to start with the right tools.

The same is true for time management.

For time management beginners or those wishing to improve their productivity skills, one of the first things you should do is assess the tools you are using.

Time management really boils down to four key areas: tasks, time, people, and information. To that end, there are four essential tools that everyone must have at their fingertips.

The 4 Essential Time Management Tools You Need:

  1. Todo List – The backbone of any productivity system is a good todo list. If you have only one time management tool, this is the one you need. You todo list is your best friend and should be with you at all times.
  2. Calendar – It is difficult to manage your time if you don’t know how and where you are spending it. A good calendar is essential to tracking, planning, and scheduling your time. Not just meetings, but the time for your tasks and projects, as well.
  3. Address Book – In our uber-connected social world, many people underestimate the power of a good address book. LinkedIn or Instagram aren’t going to help you in a pinch when you need to connect with that important contact. Capture any and all address info you come across. Treat cell phone numbers and email addresses as gold.
  4. Notebook – The most frequently missing tool in people’s time management system is a good notebook. Sure, you may have a pad of paper, or a bunch of Post-Its on your desk. However, you need one place that you keep all of your notes. And one place to go looking when you need to retrieve a piece of information.

The Right Tools for Productivity

Most people who aren’t proficient at managing their time are missing at least one of these tools. Make sure you have each of the 4 basic time management tools.

It doesn’t matter whether your tools are paper or app based, as long as you have them, and use them. (In fact, I recommend you choose one that you will use.)

Do you have all of the 4 essential tools in your time management toolkit?

Question: Which productivity tools are you missing? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Carry them all! Thanks!

  • Tess Coughlan-Allen

    Mind mapping combines a to-do list and a notebook for lots of projects 🙂

  • Smart Life

    Now many time management tools but I’m using iSmart.Life
    This is a very simple and convenient app.