Time Management

Sooner or later the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It’s all very depressing. – V.S. Pritchett

time management

Time Management is a myth!

Time is a constant, it happens no matter what and you never get a say in how it does things. You can’t manage time, so stop trying.

You can and you must manage priorities.

Time is the great equalizer. Every night when the clock strikes midnight each and everyone one of us is given anew the same amount of time as everyone else. How you prioritize it is up to you but we all get the same number of hours in a day.

“I don’t have enough time” is a bull-@#$% answer. What you really mean to say is “I don’t want to make any sacrifices to make this happen. It’s not a priority.”

There are a million time management tools on the market today. From simple to-do lists to elaborate Day Timers and smart phone apps. But when you take a close look at them they all come down to one thing, they all show us what our priorities are.

Calendars and to-do lists are amazing things. When you schedule a task, make it a priority in ink, something remarkable happens. You seem to “find the time”. The fact is the time was always there, all you needed to do was tell it what to do, what your priority was.

The British writer and literary critic Victor Pritchett, quoted above, lived for 97 years. In that time he wrote over fifty books and hundreds of short stories and critiques. He never stopped working. At times he may have felt like doing other things, but he understood that unless he made things a priority, his work wouldn’t get done.

Last week I wrote about failure and being willing to learn from mistakes. It all comes from the same place. When we run out of time we think we’ve failed, that people with boundless energy and continued success are somehow better than us and have it easier managing their time than we do. But nothing could be further from the truth. You can’t manage time. Time just is. You can only manage your priorities.

Show me a successful person and I’ll show you a person who knows how to manage their priorities.

So what are you doing today to better manage your priorities?

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