Time Management is a Lie

If you’ve ever planned your day, tossed the plan by 10:00 am, and promised yourself you’ll do better tomorrow, you haven’t failed. You’ve simply arrived at the point where priority meets reality.

In my first job in safety, I had the opportunity to attend a three-day course on time management. The instructor emphasized the use of a daily planner and the assignment of 30-minute blocks to “manage time.”

That was 15 years ago. And what I’ve learned since then is that time cannot be managed. It must be prioritized.

Just like Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and John D. Rockefeller, you are presented with 24 hours in the day. What you do with it you do according to priority. What you value gets done. Everything else is rationalized away.

In doubt? What made you research that gear for your hobby or avocation…research it so much that you knew every feature, price, source, and customer review? What about your last job search, college choice, or vacation destination selection? Was that time management? Or was it priority based on value?

Planning is good. Prioritizing is essential.


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