Our minds know that because of the nature of time, we cannot manage it. Time goes by at the same rate no matter what we do or don’t do. We’ve all heard, ‘time waits for no one.’ It’s easy to say “time management” as if we have some control over time. Yet, the more we try to control it, the less time we seem to have.
According to Bernard Kelvin Clive, a personal branding coach and brand strategist, “We don’t manage time, we manage activities within time.” John C. Maxwell, a leadership thinker and well known influential leadership speaker said that time management does not work and that, “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives.” Maxwell suggests not to even try managing time. If we don’t manage time, what do we do?
The first thing we can do is manage ourselves so we understand how we use our time and what we do with it. Secondly, determine whether a task is worthy of our time and how long it takes to do it. When we do this, we improve our time-task effectiveness and we become aware of what we spend our time doing. Thirdly, be aware of whether or not our use of time on a particular task aligns with our priorities and values.
By managing yourself, you become aware of what you do with time, how long it takes to do a task, and how your use of time aligns with your priorities. You’ll also become more efficient and focused on your tasks, allowing you to make the best use of time.
How are you managing yourself and what you’re doing with time?