Managing time is a popular concept. Some people make a lot of money teaching time management course. But is it even possible? Or is it all about personal management?
When we need to get things done, like me right now deciding to write a newsletter, its about managing ourselves. Is there something else I would rather do? Yes, but I have decided that sitting down to write is the most sensible thing for me to do right now.
I just used the word “now”. Life is a succession of “nows” and when now is over the next now is there. What matters is how we choose to use each “now”.
We all have things that we really need to get done to keep our lives functioning comfortably. Later today I will need to cook dinner. Before my lunch I took the dog for a walk. She would like that “now” to happen more often and for longer, but I limit it to fit in with everything else I need to do each day.
My dog does get a walk every day unless it is pouring with rain. In fact yesterday I did take her for 2 walks and it took a while for her to come and get her lead attached the second time… I could see her asking… what is this? A second time today?
If we don’t plan when to use our “nows”, our available time slots, we end up in chaos, things get forgotten and we end up under pressure to finish things.
When we make a list of the things that need to be done each day and leave some spare time slots so that we can fit in unexpected stuff, life becomes much easier.
I can’t manage time, but I do give myself some extra by cooking double or treble and freezing some so that I can have easy dinner. I am not good at bookkeeping because I am dyslexic, and I mix numbers up so I send all my invoices etc. to my accountant each month. That is good time management and so is getting a guy called Steve to mow my lawn.
Managing time is impossible… it just plods along consistently from when we are born to when we die. We can manage ourselves to make the most enjoyable use of the time we have available.
This is one of the most important things to learn to avoid stress and overwhelm. When we don’t manage how we use our time, we end in a rush and sometimes a panic. Some people habitually leave things to the last minute… it’s called procrastination.
I can help people to sort out why they procrastinate and then to change that habit, usually in one session although sometimes it takes more because it is just a symptom of deeper anxiety.