Time Management Sucks

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It’s true.

It sucks money from your pocket and it sucks all the positive energy right out of your body.

Trying to manage time is stupid. 

Don’t do it. 

In fact, you can’t do it. 

It is impossible.

Go to classes. 

Get an electronic phone/mp3 player/address book/calendar and type your appointments into it religiously.

Buy a watch with an alarm.

Hire an assistant. 

Learn to multitask.

It won’t help.

There’s one thing you can do that will help you become more productive.

That “thing” is to take responsibility for the choices you make in your daily actions.

Unless you are in prison or in the military, you control what you do and when you do it.  Outside forces may influence those decisions but ultimately you make them. They are your decisions. You decide whether or not to go to that meeting.  You decide to go see a movie instead of writing the report that is due to the client.  You decide if you should answer the phone or let it go to voicemail.  These are all choices that you have made – and continue to make – over and over and over.

Once you decide to take responsibility for the decisions you make with your time, you obligate yourself to spend it in a more productive way.

Many people avoid taking responsibility for these decisions precisely for this reason.  It is far easier to blame the client for calling at an inopportune time.  It is easier to blame your partner for the amount of email he sends you.  It is easier to blame the court clerk for the filing deadline.

In reality, you control the actions you take and when you take them.

Action management or activity management is worth studying.  You will achieve a phenomenal return on your investment from working with someone who will help you organize the workflow in your office. Using a system that will help you prioritize and organize your activities is incredibly valuable.

Trying to manage time is not only foolish, it is impossible. 

Manage your activity and you control your destiny.