My Time Is Not Different From Your Time

So much was written about time management that I am certain my time is different from yours or even from the time we had yesterday in the same time frame. Hold on… how so?! An hour today is not the same as an hour yesterday? In theory it’s the same, but the reality shows us that we achieve different things or even when doing the same things, we do them in various ways, so the perception gets to be different from one person to the other.

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I have said it many times and I will repeat it for as long as needed: you cannot manage time – 480 minutes are the same every day and any “time management” bs is useless as time cannot be stretched.

However, you get to make decisions on what you choose to do during certain timeframes; this can be easily learned. The hard thing is to keep your commitments. It’s similar to going to the gym: in theory it’s very clear what you need to do, but when it comes to acting upon it, you find plenty of reasons not to go. 

Even though there isn’t a recipe that works 100% for everyone, the first step is to learn what your most productive time of the day is. For some of us, the first part of the day is the best time to get some of the most important tasks done, which means you need to schedule the difficult ones during that part of the day. For others, only the idea to wake up at the crack of dawn is incompatible with work and you can easily see they are on standby until lunch. 

Write down somewhere which is the time of day with the highest energy levels and adjust your priorities according to this. If your most productive hours are in the evening, you need to slightly adjust your style to regular working hours.

It’s very likely that after noon you are hit by a sudden laziness and have two gears: slow and still. Depending how fast you recover after lunch, you get to opt in/out from having it. 

Why do we reach that point when there is no time to do everything we scheduled? Most of the times this is caused by excessive optimism in establishing the tasks and also by not taking into account the unexpected.

Not even spam visits who mess with your whole schedule, not the supposedly two hours meeting that lasted three, not the colleague who spent more than 40 minutes discussing her baby’s stool and no other “noise” will help you finish your chores in time.

If you can’t decide what to do with your time, others will. 

Good luck prioritizing!

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