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15+ Time Management Statistics and Trends

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Time management is essential to making the most of 24 hours a day.

However, many people need help managing their time effectively, while others get it right most of the time.

So, in this piece, we will dive into time management statistics and trends to stay on top of your game.

Top 6 Time Management Statistics (Editor’s Pick)

  • 18% of people spent just 60 minutes per day on core job functions in 2021.
  • 49% of people have never conducted a time audit to see how they spent their time.
  • 2% of respondents in a 2022 survey used the whole Eisenhower Matrix time management system.
  • 12% of people used a proper time management system in 2022.
  • In 2022, people wasted 1 hour 40 minutes on average on irrelevant tasks daily.
  • 38% of workers wasted an hour daily on work-irrelevant tasks.

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Time Management at Work Statistics and Trends

1. In 2022, employees spent 27% more time on skilled work.

While they also spent 36% less time on strategy at work.

2. 91% of a 2022 survey’s respondents said better time management would reduce work stress.

86% said time management improved their focus, 90% tended towards enhanced productivity, and 82% claimed it would boost their confidence at work

Another 74% agreed it would lead to better workplace relationships.

3. 44% of people felt in control of their work time, all five days a week.

According to a 2022 survey, 46% felt they did not have it all together for a day or two, while 11% felt out of control of their work schedules for three or more days.

Ineffective Time Management Statistics and Trends

4. 38% of workers wasted an hour daily on work-irrelevant tasks.

Another 32% spent 60 – 120 minutes on a non-vital job, while 17% recorded 120 – 180 minutes in the same category. 

5. 18% of people spent just 60 minutes per day on core job functions in 2021.

While 29% spent 4-5 hours on core job functions

6. 81% of workers spent less than 180 minutes daily on creative work in a 2021’s survey.

Furthermore, 76% spent less than 180 minutes weekly on strategic work

7. In 2022, 76% of workers spent 60-180 minutes daily on data entry/movement tasks.

While 73% of these respondents spent 60-180 minutes simply searching for information or a particular document

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8. Between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022, respondents wasted 91 minutes on job-irrelevant daily meetings and tasks.

Roughly 39% wasted less than 30 minutes in the same capacity, while 10.5% averaged 37.5 minutes. 

9. 49% of people have never conducted a time audit to see how they spent their time in 2022.

Over 30% carried out a time audit once in a while, and 20% carried out one at least once a month

10. In 2022, people wasted 1 hour 40 minutes on average on irrelevant tasks daily.

Likewise, over 63% of respondents said emails easily distracted them

11. “Just dealing with whatever comes up” was the least successful time management strategy in 2022.

28% of people using this technique felt their work was never or very rarely (1 day per week) under control.

12. In 2022, employees with no time management tool attended to their emails the least (every 133 minutes on average).

Most people who used their emails as their primary task management tool looked at their inboxes the most (every 56 minutes on average)

Day-To-Day Time Management Statistics and Trends

13. In a 2022 survey, 88% of people did not use a proper time management system.

Of these, 23% used calendars instead, 38% used a to-do list, 13% used their email, and 14% just did what felt most vital.

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14. 12% of people used a proper time management system in 2022.

5% used time blocking, 3% used the Rapid Planning Method, 2% used Eisenhower Matrix System, and 1% used the Pomodoro Technique. 

15. The Eisenhower Matrix was the most successful time management strategy in Q1 2022.

The Eisenhower Matrix strategy helped 50% of users manage their daily work

The matrix also helped the other half improve control over their schedules to four days a week. 

16. 2% of respondents in a 2022 survey used the whole Eisenhower Matrix time management system.

However, 78% were using modified matrix versions for proper time management.

17. The Pomodoro Technique was the second most successful time management strategy.

From Q4 2021 to Q1 2022, this technique helped 60% of respondents manage their work 4-5 days a week

18. 67% of respondents in a Q1 2022 poll would dedicate 15-30 minutes daily to save 90 minutes, reduce stress and improve work reputation.

28% would dedicate a maximum of 30 minutes, 21% would dedicate a maximum of 20 minutes, and 27% could afford to spare 15 minutes.

Another 15% would dedicate a maximum of 10 minutes, and 4% would dedicate up to 5 minutes.

Manage Your Time Effortlessly

These time management statistics and trends give insight into how easy it is to waste your time ignoring essential activities. Also, it has helped point out the best methods to manage your time effectively.

While managing your time, consider a VPN service for your work laptop to prevent downtime from hacks, not getting secure access to corporate files remotely, or suffering geo-restrictions during your workday.

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References:
  1. https://asana.com/resources/anatomy-of-work
  2. https://www.timewatch.com/blog/time-management-statistics-in-2022/
  3. https://zapier.com/blog/report-how-office-workers-spend-time/
  4. https://www.acuitytraining.co.uk/news-tips/time-management-statistics-2022-research/