Have you purchased a book or program on the newest time management system, tried it a few weeks and it’s just not working for you? Are you afraid something is wrong with you and you’ll never master this time management thing?
Stop worrying! Most people are under the impression that time management systems come in a one-size fits all. This is not true. There are a ton of great programs out there and each of them is different. Often times, the people who have the most success at time management are the ones who have designed their own program. They’ve taken bits and pieces of several programs and constructed it to fit their needs and their personality.
If a time management system can’t be customized to your unique needs, then it’s likely it needs to be trashed and you should look for another.
I know this can get expensive to keep buying programs or books that simply don’t work for you. So you may have better results to simply design your own.
Time management, in reality, does not exist. You cannot manage time any more than you can manage the wind and the direction it blows. However, wind can be harnessed and used in several ways. In the same sense, you can harness yourself and manage what you do with time. Time management is really self-management.
Break down each system you’ve tried and try to analyze it. What worked for you? What didn’t work for you? Also look at the things that appealed to you and the things that didn’t. Use the parts that you liked and the things that worked for you and forget the rest.
You also need to pay attention to when your most productive time is and start using that for important tasks, for the things that you absolutely have to get done. One of the best things you can do is to do your least favourite task first. That way you can get it over with and take a load off your shoulders. By doing this, you’ll want to get it done so you can concentrate on the things you do enjoy working on.
Another great time management tip is to use a timer. Racing a timer is a great motivator to get things done.
Remember, you haven’t failed at a time management system, you’ve actually learned more about yourself and how you work. There is nothing wrong with regrouping, adapting, and making changes until something suits you.
Til Next Time
Mike Gardner – The time Doctor