by Terry Monaghan, August 29, 2012
Have you ever wondered why time management doesn’t stick? You know what I mean… You try this course, read that book, get this app, make lists, use the calendar (digital or paper), schedule, prioritize – and still feel frustrated, overwhelmed and have no time!
Why is that?
I have a theory. I think most books, courses and systems are working on the pieces of the puzzle. But they are only working on the 10% of that iceberg that is above the water line!
We have all had the experience of committing to something – scheduling the time to take care of it – and then completely ignoring our plan. We forget. We get busy with something else. Some emergency is way more pressing in the moment. Our alarm didn’t go off. We got distracted online. Our errands ran long. The phone rang. The kids got sick. We got sick. It rained. The dog ate a sock. Blah, blah, blah.
And then we feel bad. We wonder what is wrong with us that we can’t get a simple task done. We can’t follow a simple plan. We can’t stick to a schedule.
So we stop trying. We decide that ‘it just doesn’t work for us.’
What if it isn’t us? What if it isn’t even the system or structure we are using?
Clearly, there is something else at play here. Some other unexamined commitment is in control of our time and our actions. And until we distinguish what that competing commitment is, whatever we try will have limited impact.
Something to think about: You can’t manage time anyway. If you can, go ahead, manage the next minute and tell me how it goes.
So, if you can’t manage time – what can you manage?
You can manage your energy, and you can manage your actions. And that’s where the next post will start!
© Terry Monaghan, 2012, All Rights Reserved
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