A PERSPECTIVE: Time Management is a Misnomer

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A PERSPECTIVE: Time Management is a Misnomer

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A PERSPECTIVE: Time Management is a Misnomer

I’m a time management systems groupie. I have worked with countless paper and digital systems, reconfiguring them to my purpose and finding considerable success with them. What I’ve come to realize, however, is that none of them have anything to do with managing time.

Regardless of who you are, what you do, or how much money you have, you cannot manage time. You still wake up every day to 24 hours, 1440 minutes. And you’ll never get more than seven days in a week. You can’t negotiate with it or manage it to create more. It’s a time waster to think it is so.

The only thing you can manage is what you do with the time you have. You can decide to use time wisely or not. You can choose to spend time on things really important to you or not. You can take more time for better self-care habits or not. You can schedule time to nurture relationships or not. We conveniently blame the lack of time for the things left undone, but we do have the benefit of choice. Sure, compromises need to be made from time to time to follow through on commitments made, but it’s important to be honest. Is it compromise, or is it an excuse?

We often run so hard through the day trying to manage time that we don’t take needed moments to really evaluate what’s important. And it’s all too easy to get caught in the “I need to do it all” mentality rather than look at ways to do it differently or ask for help.

The next time you bemoan the need for better time management, remember it’s not time management at all. It’s choice management. What choices are you making?

Barbara Bougher is the founder of Divine Order and brings a wealth of professional and life experience to her services as a professional organizer and life coach. She has a passion to empower people to transform their space and their lives. Contact Barbara: 317-645-7600; barbara@divineorderforlife.com.

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