I believe that focus underpins time management, Timothy Ferriss appears to disagree in his very interesting book, The Four Hour Work Week, in it there is a chapter on time management in which he tells us to forget all about it. He asks us five questions:
1. If you had a heart attack and were only allowed to work for two hours a day, what would you do?
2. If you were unlucky and had a second heart attack and were then only allowed to work for two hours a week, what would you do?
3. If someone put a gun to your head and ordered you to stop doing 4/5ths of different time-consuming activities, what would you stop?
4. What are the top three activities that I do that makes me feel as though I’ve been productive?
5. Learn to ask, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be happy?”
While Ferriss may not have a lot of respect for time management, he has a great deal of respect for focus. All five of his questions are attempting to get his readers to focus on the important things and minimise or throw out completely the unimportant things, surely the essence of time management? How would you answer these questions?