Is Time Management Really About Managing Time?

Is Time Management Really About Managing Time?

list - schedules - prioritizing
list – schedules – prioritizing
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What picture comes to mind when you hear the word time management? Do you see lists, schedules and methods of prioritizing? These are just methods rather than strategies. Methods only help you organize your activities not manage.

Can you actually manage time? I don’t think so. The one thing you can manage, however, is how you spend time. That means to “manage time” you have to change your relationship with time.

Only you can decide what kind of relationship you want to have with time. Who or what will you allow to spend time with you and for how long, so that you can achieve the outcome you have in mind.

So time management is not really about managing time after all, but about management.

The definition of the word management is:

“the process of dealing with or controlling things or people”.

In other words conquering the issues that time presents. By changing your relationship with time and viewing it as an accountable commitment and how you choose to spend it means, that you have to hold yourself accountable for the choice you make.

Instead of time management, we should call it time accountability.

Is there a secret how to deal with time accountability? The best way to do this, is to change your perspective. Take a step back and figure out how you could spend your time more effectively. Make sure you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and a number of goals you want to achieve.

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How to apply this in real life

Have 1-3 major goals daily to achieve and plan your day around them. At the end of the day check your achievements and mark them off your list. If you did not manage all the goals, don’t get upset and be hard on yourself, just move them to tomorrow and work on them. After a while you will notice that you are achieving things more easily as success leads to more success.


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