Managing Time May Cause More Stress

Trying to Manage Time May Cause Additional Stress

There’s not enough time! Sounds familiar doesn’t it? How many times have you said that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done?

Time is such a precious commodity in our life and yet we never seem to have enough of it. Ben Franklin has been quoted as saying, “If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again.” This is such a true and insightful comment that rings as true today and it did during Franklin’s life.

Time is the Great Equalizer

No matter how important or rich or famous you are, you still get the same number of hours as everyone else. We each get 1,440 minutes per day, 10,080 minutes per week and 525,600 minutes per year! No one gets more or less of this precious commodity, so use it wisely. 

It’s not how much we get, since we all get the same amount. It’s what we do with our precious hours that matters. Time management is a misnomer. We cannot manage time, the best we can do is develop the skill not to let it manage us. Trying to do so will just cause you more stress because the minutes and hours will continue to tick away regardless of whether you are doing things you should be doing or not. 

Change the way you “Manage Your Time” 

The way to change this is to learn priority management. It is the priorities you set in your life that dictate what you will accomplish in your life. Your definition of success should guide how you use your time from a macro level. Your life vision will direct your priority management so you invest your priorities to work on accomplishing your goals.

When something is trying to take your time, ask yourself, “Does this help me move closer to my goals and my vision?” If the answer is “yes,” then you should invest yourself in it and do it with passion and purpose. If the answer is “no,” then you should not invest yourself in it. It really is that simple. 

Time Invested is Time well Spent

Notice that I used the term “invest” instead of “spend” your time. It is important to recognize the difference between these. Normally when we talk about this, we use the consumption term “spend” when we should be talking in terms of “investing,” meaning that we are getting a payback when we do something.

The payback may be as simple as making your family happy or improving your health. It may be improving your knowledge or increasing the profits of your business. Time must repay you by getting you closer to your ultimate dream of success. Otherwise, if you just spend it, you will never get that time back and will find yourself getting no closer to where you want to be. It is completely up to you what priorities to invest in.

Be absolutely BRUTAL with your time!

It’s your life and your goals. Don’t let time manage you. Don’t let others take control of your time either. Others will want to interrupt you or impose their priorities on you. Learn how to avoid these situations or minimize their impact on you.

Those who stayed focused and stick to the plan they have developed are the ones who accomplish the most. Make sure you keep your plan in a place where you can review it often. Stay focused on how you choose to invest yourself for the best payoff. 

You must be brutal in how you ration out your time because no one else will do it for you. Take control of your priority management, and you will be amazed at how much progress you will make toward fulfilling your life mission!