| Can You Manage Time?
Recently time management has been a recurring topic in my coaching sessions with clients. How can I make the time to finish all the items on my “to do” list? How do I use time more effectively so I can juggle work, family and leisure activities with less stress? How do I make time in my life to do the things I really want to do? How can I start a new business or work as an artist when I work a full-time job? How can I leave work at 5pm when there is just so much more work to do?
These are all really good questions. But here’s a secret. You can’t manage time. You can’t make it go faster or slower. You can’t make up for lost time. You can’t make time move forward or backward. Time management doesn’t exist. What you can do is manage yourself and how you choose to use time. How can I make the time to finish all the items on my “to do” list? How do I use time more effectively.
Each of us is given 24 hours a day. No more, no less. Some people don’t get 26 hours and some of us only 20. We all get 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week and 52 weeks a year. I guess if you took a plane and leaped from time zone to time zone, you might be able to hustle up a few more hours or even a day. But, is that really how you want to spend your life? Pushing yourself to fit a few more things into the time you have on any given day?
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain