What Is Time Management?

Newsflash: It Doesn''t Just Relate to Your Work

The term time management evokes one of two emotions, either you love or hate it.  The thing is we all have time and we all need to manage it! 

I understand.  As a teen working in the UK I remember the time and motion people coming into our workplaces to increase productivity and profitability through effective time management.

The traditional definition of time management goes along the lines of:

Time management is the art of arranging, organizing, scheduling, and budgeting one's time for the purpose of generating more effective work and productivity.

Yep, all about more work in less time to be more productive.  What is to love about this?  Even as an entrepreneur the idea of working for ourselves is to gain more freedom to do what we love.  The traditional definition does not even consider our time outside of work productivity.

Time is our most precious currency, after all if we don't have time money is of no value.  So why are we told to only manage our work time and not our personal time?

So let's redefine the definition of time management to include EVERYTHING we do, work and personal.

Does that definition fit better with you?  I know it does with me.  In fact I almost want to reverse engineer and manage my time to allow me to do what I love and fit the rest in.

Having nearly died in a fire, time is very precious to me and I am sure it is to you. 

Today I invite you to think in a different way about time management.  Shift the paradigm of what it means and watch the shift ripple out into your life.

Look at time as your most valuable asset.  We are used to getting the best bang for our buck so why not get the best bang for our time?

The new paradigm of managing our time includes the things we love; be it spending time with friends, taking time in nature, doing nothing, having flexibility to do what we need to do as it arises¦whatever it is that is important to YOU.

Of course we have to include our work in there but the point is it does not have to be at the exclusion of planning to do what we love.  By planning what we love into our time management it makes it much more fun to sit down and tackle time management.

How do you approach time management, do you make time to include the things you love or do you find they get squeezed out by all the other stuff?

Much in life is urgent but little is important

I think that by including the important stuff in our time management we can create the energy and inclination to tackle the urgent stuff.  What do you think?

I would love to hear your comments below.

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