Monday Morning Thoughts…
I have been thinking a lot about Time Management. I have been facilitating a time management workshop for years and honestly, I think we need to shift our focus from trying to manage time to managing our activities. We all get the same amount time every single day. 1440 minutes to be exact.
Why do I think we need to shift our focus?
- Firstly, I don’t think time is actually the issue.
- Secondly, we cannot alter time. Every day only has 24 hours in it.
Let me talk about why I don’t think time is actually the issue. I already mentioned that we all get the same amount of minutes each day. Its not like I wake up and have 30 hours, while someone else wakes up and only has 20. It is straight up 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86400 seconds.
If we can’t alter time, what is the solution to managing incredibly busy days, endless to-do lists, and full calendars?
There is a solution to every problem.
Very simple, but not easy for many of us, we have to manage our activities. That is the only way to “manage” time. We have to make it a priority to review each week, each day, each month – however you want to break it down and really decided, I mean truly look at what we are scheduling and decide what activities we want to spend our precious 1440 minutes on. If it is important to you, if you really, really want it, if it is an absolute must do priority, think about it you seem to be able to “find” the time. So again, time isn’t the issue, the activities are – and what you make important to you.
When you look at your calendar, or when you get invited to do something, or when your kids ask you to be their chauffeur for the 30th time that day, ask yourself, “is this an activity I want, can or need to spend my time on?” Or, “Can this activity be pushed to a less busy day so I’m not stressed to the max?” Or, when you want to do something and you see that your calendar is full, what can you move around, or how can you make it work. Again, if you really want it, the time just magically appears. Want to spend time with your friends, put it your calendar, make it a priority, and don’t schedule anything else around it.
Let’s stop trying to manage the unmanageable by altering time and instead take 100% control of our life (our schedules) and begin managing (take power of), our activities. Because lets be honest, we are not super human, and we cannot do it all! And, lets be even more honest, it is okay to say NO.
Cheers to freeing ourselves from the too-much-to-do syndrome.
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl