Time manages itself; you must manage your use of it
I frequently wonder why we think we can manage time. Time has been around since, well, the beginning of time, and its gotten along fine for billions of years without anyone managing it. Do we decide to call it “time management” as opposed to “life management” or “priority management” because “time management” appears to place the blame on time instead of us? “I have a time management issue” is less threatening to our self-esteem than “I have a life management issue.”
You have only one life
To accomplish this, do not compartmentalize your life into neat buckets of work, family, spiritual, self/personal, etc. We have one complete life. During the day, we may put a higher priority on work than family, and in the evening, that priority will shift the other way. Personal priorities should be higher on your list than others’ priorities. While you should accommodate others when you can, you must take center stage of your own life.
Slow consistency wins most of the time
Humans and organizations (which are just a group of humans) resist large, sudden changes. Think marathon running and losing a great deal of weight. Accomplishing either of them does not happen quickly. The way to make changes in your life and the way you manage it is to:
- Make small, consistent changes in the way you approach planning and doing.
- Record your progress frequently to monitor accomplishments and failures, and your feelings about both.
- Setbacks will happen. The only way you make zero mistakes is to do nothing.
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