You can’t manage time —

manage time

You can only manage yourself.

There is a lot of confusion about time management.

Time management is big business.

How many apps have you tried for a day or two or a week, only to find that once again, it did’t really help?

If you go to the business section of any book store today, you will find lots of books about how to manage time.

But here’s what the makers of apps and the sellers of time management books don’t tell you:

You can’t manage time —

You can only manage yourself.

Time will do whatever it wants.

You can’t start it.

You can’t stop it.

It just keeps rolling along.

The only way you will ever get control of your life is to stop trying to manage time and start managing yourself.

How can you manage yourself?

OK, now we’re getting somewhere.

You realize now you need to manage yourself.

But how do you do that?

There is only one way.


The one way to manage yourself is to set priorities.

That’s right.

That’s it.

If you want to manage yourself, you need to figure out what is most important to you.

What is most important to you?

Manage time? Manage yourself and your priorities.

Here are some basic categories you will need to prioritize:

  • Work
  • Family
  • Fitness
  • Finances
  • Fun
  • Faith

And here is your assignment:

Add a category or two if there is one missing.

Then take these basic categories and put them in order.

This is called prioritizing.

To prioritize is to put into order based upon importance.

Most people never do this, which is why their life management sucks.

If you can force yourself to write these out and put them in order, you get a gold star.

If you can then live your life according to the priorities you just set, you will begin to manage yourself.

If you can organize your life around your priorities, you may even find happiness — a life well lived.

I’m here to help.

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For more on the subject of self management, you might want to check out the book Procrastinate On Purpose by Rory Vaden.

That’s all for now.

Time’s up:-)