Until we manage time, we can manage nothing else – famous quote from Peter Drucker!
How often have we felt the non-availability of time to do something – spending some moments with our near and dear ones, catching up with a friend we haven’t met in a while, taking a stroll, going for a drive, managing our bosses…
Time is something we all feel we do not have enough of. Some argue it is the only currency we have so must spend it well. Then there is also the belief that it is not the lack of time we suffer from but the way we treat or think about it. Such is the paradox of time – for many of us it is the least considered, worst managed and yet the most valuable of all resources.
What we perhaps need are ideas and approaches to organising ourselves and getting things done. So we do not need more time management – we really need more thought management!!
The problem in time management approach is the feeling that we have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Many many people are stressed by the weight of unfinished tasks. From the mumdane to the serious, these tasks are often poorly defined and unresolved. The mental clutter of this list makes it difficult for us to properly manage them, to prioritise, to meet deadlines or even to complete them at all.
As long as our minds are crowded with clutter, it is almost impossible to manage our thoughts and therefore tasks properly. A 2 step approach as suggested by a guru has often been found to provide solution to some of the above :
– reframe your thinking to replace the notion of time management with the more effective thought organisation
– once you have got the thoughts sorted out, implement action management – making appropriate choices about what to do at any point of time. Logically sequenced activities that can be tracked, based on your priorities.
We all need our managers to spend some really good quality developmental and coaching time with us – personal as well as for business. Those that are plagued with the paucity of time syndrome can hardly fulfil this critical obligation. As a result a lot gets compromised and people feel a general lack of direction. Moving from an activity to another, being visibly busy without getting commensurate benefits and output.
Can tell you from my personal experience – I suffered hugely from not being diligent and thoughtful about this crucial aspect till quite recently. Gave a go-by to so many of my own personal preferences. Simply not worth it in the short-mid-long run!!
Manage it well and see your energy levels go up and stress levels come down, with both personal and professional lives getting enriched!