The problem with time management is that some of us are instinctively
good at it and some of us are not. I, by the way, am not!
this wouldn't be a problem except, .. to be good in business you
need to be good at managing your resources. And what is your most
important resource? You guessed it... TIME.
gets done without time, no progress is made without time and having
the right people, high quality unique products and an eager customer
base would be of no value unless time is added to the equation.
Time is instantly perishable and cannot be stored yet no business
can be done without it.
time is important. Time is also finite. Unlike other resources if
you don't use it today you can't use it twice tomorrow to catch
has to be managed and the better you manage your time, the better
you will manage yourself and your business.
management is of course, a misnomer. You cannot manage time, you
can only manage your use of the resource. Time will go on whether
you manage it or not and that's one of the problems. Left to it's
own devices, the resource fades away and before you know it your
three score years and ten are behind you and you're in extra time,
if you are lucky.
never to late to start managing your time. Even if you have retired
and you seem to have more than enough time on your hands, time management
can provide opportunities and focus and help create a fulfilling
life rather than a life that drifts from bowling green to soap opera
then an early night.
way to bring this into focus is to ask yourself the following question:
"If my doctor told me that I have only one day left to live
how would I spend those 24 hours?"
about that for a while. Sobering isn't it? In my experience people
start to think not only about what they would do but also and this
often becomes the focus, what they wished they had done. Time management
can help to solve this problem.
has been preoccupied with time for centuries. Unable to control
it they have fixed their attention on at least understanding it.
Time played a major part in Einstein's theory of relativity and
when asked about relativity he said "When you sit with a nice
girl for two hours you think it's only a minute. When you sit on
a hot stove for a minute you think it's two hours. That's relativity."
those of us who can no longer attract the attention of a nice girl
for two minutes let alone two hours, remember how fast time passes
when you surf the Internet, play a TV game or watch a good movie.
Compare that to the time it takes to wait for your husband to get
home when he promised faithfully to be home by seven, or for your
wife to get ready when you should have left ten minutes ago. The
passing of time is certainly relative.
also came to the conclusion that time would pass slower out in space
than it does here on earth. A space traveller who was away for 15
years would, when he arrived back on earth, be years younger than
his twin brother. I wonder if I will live long enough to see that
Hawking (today's time guru) in his "A Brief History of Time"
suggests that the universe will only go on expanding for a finite
period after which it will start to contract. During that contraction,
time will, of course, go backwards. (of course!)
differences in the passing of time may seem on the surface to have
little to do with managing today's time but this is not the case.
Time as a resource may have different values for different times
of the day. The hour from 10 am to 11 am may be as much as three
times as valuable as the hour between 1 pm and 2 pm.
management is not just about planning your day. Making the best
use of the time resource is also about training yourself and others
to work more effectively, balancing your time and having a clear
idea of what you want to achieve.
your time so that you can achieve more by using less, will not happen
over night. ("It takes time to save time" Joe Taylor)
If you work diligently through this work however, in a couple of
weeks you will see a vast difference in the amount you are able
to achieve and hopefully begin to accumulate that often sought after
and seldom achieved commodity "Free Time".
this unconventional look at Time Management we will explore why
you are bad at Time Management, and how to get better. Planning
your day / week / month and sticking to the plan. Prioritising,
delegating and using all the tricks to make the most of your time.
is your most important resource. Manage it!