Time Management: A Popular Misconception

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Do You Have Time For Time Management?

Time Management For Individuals Working From Home

I don’t know if you are like me, but I find that I have usually run out of time long before I have run out of things that I have to do. This happens on a daily basis as well as on a weekly basis and yearly basis, and I suppose even on the basis of a lifetime. Time is a fleeting thing that seems to have no master, and we are at its mercy every minute of every day. The solution that is often put forward by the gurus is to develop time management skills and to utilize them at all times.

It’s difficult to find fault or to argue with the time management teachers. They have excellent points and well thought out arguments. Pretty simple really…just analyze what you do with your day full of minutes on a minute by minute basis, and see which activities are productive and which are not. Reduce the amount of minutes that you spend on non-productive activities and spend them instead on productive ones. Very straightforward, no discussion there, simply follow the step by step instructions and you will become a more productive person, a community leader, a lottery winner and a recipient of the animal hero second class badge. (my apologies to George Orwell)

In doing all this I think it is only fair to ask a few questions, and to maybe point out a few things about time management. If you notice, the emphasis is always on increasing the time that we spend on productive activities. Ok, fair enough. What’s the definition of a productive activity? Clearly making money would qualify, and so would doing household chores. How about having lunch with your mother? Playing ball with your children? Attending church? Volunteering at a charity event?

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If our life is comprised of caring for our mind, body, soul and wallet then we should be fair in our assessment of what is deemed productive. If you will allow me the analogy of a taxi cab to illustrate another point, I will take this one step further and show how even leisure activities could be considered productive in a time management model. If your taxi was picking up passengers it is being productive, if it is waiting at a red light it is productive too. If it is being driven across town to pick up a fare, is it productive? Of course. What about when it is being fueled up or when it is in for a tune-up? If you want to argue that isn’t productive, I would suggest that without some maintenance, there will come a day when it no longer works.

Finally, I would like to point out that life is what we make of it. So too are the activities that make up the time management of our day. And what is right for me, might not be right for you. There is a time and a place for everything, everything has a season. And we all have an internal guide or compass. If you simply allow yourself a few minutes of quiet time, your mind will tell you what is that you need to do next. The trick is this. Once you have been told by your mind what it is you need to do, then just get on with it and get it done. Now that’s TIME MANAGEMENT.

Till Next Time….

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One Response to “Time Management: A Popular Misconception”

  1. Dagmar Wichary Says:

    I agree with you ,there is one other point also, when you get older there are tasks on hand that will take twice as long as before and sometimes poeple forget about that.you are right you will not have enough minutes in the day and have to decide what will be left undone

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