Improve Time Management: Buy a New Timer for Increased Productivity and Goal Achievement (Home or Office)

We often say there is not enough time in a day. Many of us have lots of work to do and feel that we are not getting as much done as we should be able to get done. There are many tools and strategies that we can use to help us increase our efficiency— and our productivity. Using a timer is one method.

When we break a large task into smaller tasks, many of us find it easier to tackle a big project or assignment. However, if we keep breaking tasks down into smaller and smaller tasks, we might never get a project done! Deadlines are important. Not only do deadlines make us hurry a little faster, they also act as a nagging reminder of what needs to get done.

Timers are super helpful in establishing deadlines for short periods of time. With the timers featured below, you will be able to give yourself a deadline of 1 minute, 2 minutes, 60 minutes, whatever you think is appropriate for your activity. Remember that there are many uses for a timer. Professional sports, such as football and hockey, use clocks to keep track of how much time is left to score a goal. Board games also often use timers. Timers can also live in the classroom, where they are used from everything from giving tests to playing learning games to encouraging students to work more efficiently. Schools use timers to enhance learning. You can use a timer to help you learn to complete work faster— and to break some bad habits.

Audible 12-inch Time Timer

This 12 inch timer, with its huge clock face and optional beep, is perfect for the classroom—or any timed activity. The oversized clock face helps you read the timer from a distance.

The timer is easy to setup. Drag the clock hand to the desired minutes for the activity. The time will appear as a red segment on the clock. When the colored portion on the clock disappears, time is up. If desired, an alarm—3 double successive beeps—will also sound when the time has elapsed. Please note the moveable red part is fragile and should only be handled by an adult or an older child.

Use this timer for games, transition activities, tests and work periods. Parents will also find this timer useful for their children who have time issues at bedtime or getting ready for school in the morning. Individuals with Autism or Aspergers may also find this timer helps improve their time management skills.

Extra supplies required: 1 AA battery

Sand Timer

This timer works by flipping the timer over and watching the sand fall to the bottom of the container. When all of the sand is transferred from the top to the bottom, time is up. Although this timer is small, it does not require a battery. Different models of sand timers are available. The model featured on the right takes 1 minute for the sand to flow from the top to the bottom compartment. Other models may use a different amount of sand, or have a smaller or larger hole between the top and bottom of the timer. These changes could result in more or fewer minutes on the timer. The models listed below measure 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes. Take a look the description of each model for more details. These portable, plastic sand timers are excellent for work, the classroom or for use in your next game.


For a more “invisible” timer, you can buy the MotivAider. This timer vibrates at set intervals to remind you to do (or not do) certain activities.  It has been successfully used by people to break bad habits and develop good habits. Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, sit up straighter, or work on a goal not listed here, this timer will help you achieve your goals. Or, you may want a tool to help you on the job. Comics and other performers can use this device to let them know how much time they have left.

Users can change the duration and intensity of the vibrations, as well as set the vibrations on a fixed or variable schedule.The MotivAider comes with an industrial battery and a removable belt clip. Buy the timer that only you will know about.

Mechanical Timer

Another option is to buy a mechanical timer. Unlike digital timers, a mechanical timer is easy to setup. Just turn the dial and it is set! Once you let go of the dial, the timer begins its countdown. The stainless mechanical timer from Winco (featured right) has a sturdy construction with a long ring.


Weight: 5.12 ounces

Length: 6.25 inches

Width: 3 inches

Height: 4.75 inches

Timex Digital Watch

Digital watches are great for individuals who have trouble reading a standard clock face. But, what really make digital watches stand out from traditional watches are the extra features. The Timex watch featured on the right has a 24-hour countdown chronograph (use as a timekeeping/stopwatch function) and a 24-hour countdown timer. This watch also includes a daily alarm, dual time zone display, and water resistance up to 50 meters (165 feet). No more forgetting the date, because you can program that into the watch as well.

This watch would be great for runners and anyone else needing a handy timing device. However, it is worth noting that after thirty minutes, the watch no longer shows seconds, only minutes. If you are concerned about timing a long stretch of time down to the second, this may be a concern. Of course, you could always time an event in smaller intervals.

Another important consideration when buying a digital watch: Is it wearable? The pink and gray watch on the right is light weight and stylish. The wristband strap is made of a gray polyurethane strap, making it very comfortable, unlike hard bands which can hurt, pinch or leave marks, and soft bands which can get wet and moldy. With easy-to-access side buttons and a large digital display, this digital watch is easy to read and use. And, as a bonus, at night you can take advantage of the Indigo night-light. The watch uses a patented blue electroluminescent lighting technology which uses less battery power than most other watch illumination systems. This means your battery will last longer!

Extra supplies required: 1 Lithium metal battery

Timex makes other digital wristwatches as well, each with its own features and styles. Take a look at some other digital watches below.

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Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Great hub. An intriguing idea. I had no idea how many different types of timers there were until I saw this article! I really like the one with the colored red segment for the time remaining. Great ideas here!

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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub, Giselle. The timer with the red segment is also one of my favorites. I've seen a teacher use it in a grade one classroom with much success.

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seebasic 5 years ago from Germany

This is called a gorgeous hub. I really thank you. voted up

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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for the vote up, seebasic! Glad you like the hub.

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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I completely agree. Efficient use of time - critical to any success.

Being a computer addict, I use online stop watch - it counts up or down and makes a very loud sound.

Voted up!

Love timers.

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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada Author

I love timers, too, GmaGoldie! There is truth to the phrase, "Timing is everything."

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MFB III 5 years ago from United States

I like timer, and when it's one dinging I can take a time out...LOL--seems like i could get a lot done without watching the clock, just waiting for the buzz of the finish..great hub.~~~~MFB III

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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada Author

I agree, MFB III. Timers sure are great for bringing much needed pressure. I'm glad you liked the hub!

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