As a personal productivity enthusiast, I genuinely believe people want to make better use of their time. I also believe everyone has goals they want to achieve. Yet a lot of people struggle with time management. Lately, I have been giving the matter a lot of thought and I have reached the conclusion that most people struggle with time management because
Time Management = Self Management
A common time management mistake is trying to get a lot more done as quickly as you can each day. This tactic might seem like a good one in the short term but becomes unsustainable long-term. Working harder on everything is more likely to lead to burnout NOT productivity. It seems counterintuitive but time management begins when you choose to slow down instead of speeding up.
At its core, effective time management changes the way you look at the concept of time. Time is fixed in the sense that every week has 7 days and each day has 24 hours. Time also doesn’t stop. Whether you spend the day working or lounging, once the second hand moves forward, you can’t drag it back. This inability to stop the flow of time can make one feel overwhelmed. The passage of time is outside your control. What you can control is yourself.
If you ever learn to manage yourself, a lot of things will fall into place. Self-Management is achieved by making more informed choices about what to do each day. You can make a choice to:
- Plan your day the night before.
- Work on the most important task first thing in the morning.
- Work on only one task at a time.
- Write down your goals.
They are all simple choices that everyone can make. Just because they are simple, however, does not mean they are easy to follow through each day. People who are able to put these principles into practice each day are said to be good time managers. However, what they have achieved is Self-management. Time management is merely the happy result of their Mastery.