Caitlin Flynn
November 30, 2016 2:34 pm

Regardless of how organized a person is, we all drop the ball once in a while — and it’s one of the worst feelings. But if you find yourself in this situation frequently, new research indicates there may be a reason why you struggle with time management and are always missing deadlines.

A study conducted by The University of Albany found that children who grow up with predictable, consistent daily routines are less likely to have time management problems as adults. Psychologists consulted 292 undergraduates who reported the regularity of childhood routines such as sleep habits, extracurricular activities, and meals.


“This study is part of a broader line of research exploring the relationship between the stability of the family environment and adjustment in children, adolescents and emerging adults,” Dr. Jennifer Malatras, the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post.

Having a routine during our formative years provides a sense of stability and comfort — especially when families experience hardships or major life changes such as a divorce or a death. And it appears that this foundation of stability impacts our adult lives, influencing our ability to stay on track with deadlines and time management, even when our personal lives throw us curveballs.


Multiple factors influence a child’s development, but these recent findings emphasize that a consistent daily routine is key to the development of the time management skills that are crucial to succeeding in our professional and personal adult lives.