Time Management...even though those are the wrong words...you know what I mean. I'm talking about feeling good about the pace of your work and the pace of your life. I'm talking about feeling you have control over the things you face.
A need to have a feeling of control: that's the root we are trying to get at when we work at time management.
When we believe work and life are reeling out of control, we feel uncomfortable. We feel uncomfortable because we feel rushed, confused, and too busy. When we feel like that we complain we do not have enough time. We brainwash ourselves into thinking and saying 'time' is at the root of our problem.
Let's take a more objective approach.
We know many or most of us are naturally inclined to skirt the blame for things and place the blame on others. Psychologists, for example, talk about attribution bias. Also, for some reason, when we feel we are too busy we blame it on 'time'...we say we don't have enough of it.
Time, or lack of it, is not our problem. On top of that, even if it was the problem we cannot manage time.
Time is beyond our control.
We can, however, control what we are thinking and what we are doing as 'time passes'.
Really, those are the only two things we can control; we can control the way we think and we can control the way we act.
If we want to feel less rushed, less confused, and less busy then we need to do the following:
- stop blaming the problem on ‘not enough time’
- start treating the problem as an issue of self-management
- realize self-control is one of the most important capabilities in life
- treat the symptoms of the problem: Habits – that is, replace Bad Habits with Good Habits
Link to An Introduction to Time Management - Part 2
Link to An Introduction to Time Management - Part 3
Link to 'Time' Management
Link to Successful People Have More Time