Time Management is BS

Time Management is BS

Time Management is Bullshit

Bullshit Meter reading is high

How many times have you been to a time management workshop, seminar or training course?Have you ever read articles on time management? There are thousands maybe 10’s of thousand of dollars spent daily on trying to improve time management.  Well most of it is bullshit. If you think you can manage time I challenge you to add 10 minutes to this hour.  You can’t because time can’t be managed, only tasks and commitments can be managed.  Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.  Do you complete your commitments on time?  Read on and I will share some of the ideas and tips that will help you take control of your life again and stop the being too busy to enjoy life.

 

Time Management – Being Busy

Official Busy Person Badge of Honor

Official Busy Person Badge of Honor

Everyday we all have certain tasks we must get done, get up, go to work, pick up the kids from school, check email and on and on.  In today’s world we often feel overwhelmed by all the “tasks” we are expected to perform daily, there is just so much to do.  It is almost a badge of honor to say “I am so Busy”, people expect this answer from you.  It is like being busy is the best part of having a job, a business or a family.  So I here by bestow the “Busy Badge of Honor” to all of you who are reading this article (just look to the left).  Do you take time to enjoy any of the things you are doing?  When you learn to effectively mange your task you can enjoy more in life.

Time Management → Task Management

Tasks:

Do you say yes to everything you are asked to do? Most people are terrified to say NO to anyone or anything.  As my mentor, Bob Proctor, told me NO is a complete sentence and I should use it more. Be willing to say NO to new tasks if it is going to overwhelm you.  I am not saying say no if it is going to cost you your job.  The first question should be “Can the task be done by someone else?”  Busy people are often the default “go to” person on the team.

 

Commitments:

When people agree to do a task, are they committed to completing that task or are they just interested?  Most people are merely interested in something.  If you agree to start a task stay committed to completing it! If you are only interested, don’t agree to take on the task.  This is where many people fail and blame time management for not completing something.

Interested or Committed

Interested or Committed

 

Tips

  1. Be Committed to your agreements. Have a specific deadline to complete it by and get it done.
  2. If you committed to get it done today then you stay up until it is done.  An all-niter will give you perspective on what you agree to.
  3. Put it in writing and sign it.  If it is a commitment be ready to sign your name to it, treat your commitments like a contract.
  4. Be willing to say “NO”.  You don’t have to do everything yourself.  Say no or delegate someone else to do it.
  5. See the video I created for a great tip on getting tasks done.