Time and time again we hear about this thing called time management. It’s usually a well thought out ideology that if you manage your time than you would be able to work things out accordingly. However, it is quite that simple when numerous tasks have to be completed and when under the constraints of time it is clearly something that we cannot manage ourselves. “So much to do so little time” (sound familiar?).
Through trial and error, time hasn’t always been a friend. Time has sometimes fallen short on. Time has in other respects came too soon or lasted too long. Is it time that we should be frustrated with? Should our priorities be to blame? Priorities have always been a friend that we could never get close to. Priorities have been that person that never got along with our arch enemy “procrastination”. My friend procrastination has always been good to us. Procrastination constantly whispers “don’t worry you have plenty of time“, “you can enjoy yourself and get your work done later”, “there are plenty of chances”. Well I’ll be the first to say that procrastination has been good to you but is it good for you?
The biggest questions of them all are:
· How much time do you have?
· What do you need to get done?
· What is most important?
I still go back and forth with the answers to these questions and I’m learning more and more each “time” I try. But, the worst feeling to ever have is to know that it’s too late or that time is up. I would encourage that you maxmize the time you have wisely while guiding yourself and the company you keep.
“There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.” Brian Tracy
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Good thoughts. I prefer to think in terms of task management, after all, everyone has the same amount of time.
I’ve written several posts about my experiences with task management on my blog at http://johnkendrick.wordpress.com/how-to-gtd/ John
Interesting article that brings up that common problem that strikes us all – too much to do and not enough time. I really think that setting goals is the key to living an effective (rather than efficient) life. By projecting yourself 6 months into the future and determining what is important to you, you can develop a plan of your work, and then work your plan. I find this helps me to avoid the tyranny of the urgent and allows me to focus on the important things to me.
Have been meaning to mention a book on this subject I read in grad school, The Culture of Time and Space, that talks about how we reached our time structure as we know it. For instance: The U.S. had all kinds of incompatible local time systems until the advent of the railroads meant people had to know when they were arriving and departing, hence our current time zones.
It also delves into the idea of time being elastic, which seemed more like philosophy than history, but it overall made for an interesting read.