Why Time Management Doesn’t Work?
Yes, you heard it right. Time management doesn’t work. Some of you may be asking yourself how this could be true in a world that’s fixated on time management. Motivational speakers are constantly talking about time management strategies, and how to implement them, in the hopes of teaching others how to create more time for leisure. The fact is, we can’t manage time. We can, however, manage ourselves. The solution to your problems is not time management, but multiplying your time.
With all the tools and technology of the modern age at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever before to get things done better and faster, and yet we still find ourselves lagging behind. We’re more stressed, and we’re working longer hours. So how is it that some have succeeded in organizing themselves and living a better lifestyle? How can I sit here and say that time management doesn’t work?
Let me give you an example. For this example, let’s say you have a family and kids. You’re getting ready to go to an important meeting for a lucrative business venture, and your young daughter stops you as you’re about to leave. She asks you where you’re going; you tell her you have a meeting to go to, but she begs you to stay home and spend time with her. Time management has now become an emotional issue, hasn’t it? Different emotions like anxiety, anger, fear, frustration and happiness dictate how we spend our time than anything else on our to-do list.
Time management was first introduced as a means to prioritize tasks so that you can do the most important ones first, but this doesn’t create more time for you. It simply rearranges things. You’ve gained nothing. You’ve merely put one task above another, and you’re still using the same amount of time to complete the tasks. Why do something today so you don’t have to do it tomorrow when you don’t gain any time from that?
Multiplying your time can be can be accomplished using three simple techniques: Filtering, automating, delegating or outsourcing. Instead of merely juggling time, you are automating or delegating, which takes up less time. This increases the amount of time you have to automate and delegate elsewhere, effectively multiplying the time you gain with each accomplished task. Before you know it, you’ll have time for all those leisure activities you’ve been missing out on. It’s like compound interest that accrues over time. It just keeps building and building.
If time management strategies aren’t working for you, stop what you’re doing and multiply your time. Sometimes, it’s best to put things off until later, so procrastinate on purpose. Multiply your time. You’ll reap the benefits in the long run.