Have you been trying to find the best way to manage your time and have become completely confused trying to decide which time management program or technique will work best for you? There are so many books on time management all written by experts claiming that their system is the best and usually trying to sell you there latest system that will help you to “get Time management.” But which books will you or should you buy? And how many books do you have to read before you finally “get it.”
All time management books and programs promise much the same thing, manage your time better, get more done, and enjoy your free time, so which system is best for you?
In a simplistic answer, the best one for you is the one that works for you. However, finding that book can be a daunting task. It’s not economical to go out and buy every book published on the topic of time management. Besides, you’d spend so much time reading about time management that you wouldn’t have time to implement anything.
Is there a logical solution to the cost?
There is, but it will take some time to weed through as well, and you do have to implement the things you learn until you discover what works for you.
There are plenty of ebooks and Kindle books that are relatively inexpensive along with websites devoted to the topic. You will have to spend some time reading, possibly taking notes and then deciding what tips will work for you. In a sense, you have to make time to work on time management.
Once you start gathering information, tips and methods to help you with time management, you will need to answer some questions, mostly about yourself.
Does this time management System make sense to you?
Can they be personalized or tweaked to fit your personality? Some of the tips you read and start to implement may feel strange at first. Pay attention to see if that goes away. If it doesn’t feel right to you within a week or two, it likely never will.
Has anything you tried become a habit?
Or are you still having to force it? If you can’t get into a natural flow with it so it becomes a habit, you may want to change it or drop it altogether and find something else. Don’t be tempted to keep working on it until it fit you.
Does it take more time to implement the time saver.
If you’re spending more time trying to save time on something, it’s not working. You’d be better off to stick with your old way until you do discover something that is actually effective.
And the biggest question is,
Are you seeing results?
You should give a new tactic time to work, but if you aren’t seeing results within a few weeks, it’s time to change your strategy.
Tackling and mastering time management will take time and effort. I know it’s supposed to save you time, but until you find what works for you and possibly even develop your own system out of many, it’s going to take time. But if you’re willing and ready to finally get it mastered, it will be time well spent.
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor