Just about everyone has heard of time management. Countless books have been written on the subject and countless motivational speakers pontificate on the idea. There are even television shows that occasionally use time management as the main focus of a program, either demonstrating how to do it, why to do it, and what happens if you don’t do it.
The problem with this overload of exposure and information is that many people are still left wondering what they are doing wrong. They try all the tricks, tips, and procedures that various experts urge them to incorporate into their lives. Yet, they still can’t seem to organize their lives so that they are masters of their time.
Part of the issue is that people sometimes are not clear on exactly what time management is and what it can do. As with many things, we sometimes attempt to make this concept much more complicated than it actually is. As a result, we become so rigid in how we attempt to manage our time that we defeat our own purpose. So is it any wonder that we decide that the effort is just not worth it, and go back to simple reacting to what is happening around us rather than proactively taking control?
If you’ve not completely given up on attempting to integrate sound time management ideas and strategies into your life, keep reading. Rather than attempting to rehash all the many concepts, theories, and other complicated presentations of this simple principle, let’s explore the basics of time management and then come to some conclusions on how to pick and choose the right approaches and the right settings to make use of them.
Before we get into any theories on how to engage in time management, it’s important to define just exactly what we mean by the term. Once established, it will be easier to move on to what to do and when to do it.