Analysing the temporal organisation of daily life: social constraints, practices and their allocation Dale Southerton, University of Manchester By analysing in-depth interviews with twenty-seven people, this paper employs a theory of practice to explore the relationship between respondents’ ‘non-work’ practices and five dimensions of time (duration, periodicity, sequence, synchronisation, tempo). It argues that practices which demand a fixed location within daily schedules anchor temporal organisation, around which are sequenced sets of inter-related practices. A third category of practices fill the gaps that emerge within temporal sequences. The most significant socio-demographic constraints (gender, age, life-course and education) that shaped how respondents’ engaged and experienced practices in relation to the five dimensions of time are then considered. It is demonstrated that ‘harriedness’ is a consequence of the difficulty of co-ordinating practices in time and space. Technologies, best described as convenience devices, offer individuals the promise of greater control over the allocation of practices within personal schedules. However, the problem of co-ordination is collective – it requires the alignment of practices across the schedules of social networks – and in this context the varying constraints surrounding the allocation of practices produced different temporal experiences (and anxieties) for men and women.