I have had a lot of meetings with different organizations and professionals lately and I keep hearing over and over again about how much they and their staff need to learn “time management skills.” I always find that so funny. So I want you to try something right now. I want to see you manage the time you have right this very moment. Are you managing it while you read this? While you were doing what you were doing before opening this blog post? Are you managing time when you’re at the gym, cooking your dinner or in a meeting? What does it look like when you’re managing time? Let me ask you, how is it going for you?
If you’re like most people, you will roll your eyes and groan a bit right now. It is almost like the thought of one’s skills with managing time causes some visceral pain. I don’t want that to happen to you now, so let me tell you a little secret. It seems as obvious to me as the sun in the sky on a clear, blue day, but for some reason people most often just don’t seem to get it.
There is no such thing as managing time. That’s right. It cannot be done. No matter what you’re doing today, the time is going to pass. You can be wildly productive, checking tons of things off your list (unless you have taken my Energy Management program), and then of course you don’t have a to-do list!). Or you can sit idly watching the day go by. Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, I promise you, evening will come, followed by nighttime and once again followed by morning.
So what’s a busy professional like you to do? Well, let me tell you the good news (or maybe the bad – you decide), and that is that while you cannot manage time, you can, with commitment and clarity, learn to manage your SELF. That’s right, you cannot manage time, but you can learn to manage yourself IN TIME.
In my next post, I will show you exactly what skill that YOU can develop that is better than time management skills. Stay tuned and until then recognize that there is nothing wrong with you, that you are one of the millions of people in our culture that feels overwhelmed, stressed and maxed out in the day-to-day living of our lives.
There is another way! Stay tuned!
“Better than Time Management Skills” continued here.