Recapturing time: a practical approach to time management for physicians

Postgrad Med J. 2014 May;90(1063):267-72. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2013-132012. Epub 2014 Mar 5.


Increasing pressures on physicians demand effective time management and jeopardise professional satisfaction. Effective time management potentially increases productivity, promotes advancement, limits burnout and improves both professional and personal satisfaction. However, strategies for improving time management are lacking in the current medical literature. Adapting time management techniques from the medical and non-medical literature may improve physician time management habits. These techniques can be divided into four categories: (1) setting short and long-term goals; (2) setting priorities among competing responsibilities; (3) planning and organising activities; and (4) minimising 'time wasters'. Efforts to improve time management can increase physician productivity and enhance career satisfaction.

Keywords: Medical Education & Training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Female
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Physician's Role*
  • Planning Techniques*
  • Professional Competence*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Management* / organization & administration