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Top 3 Time Management Myths or why time management is dead

By Leslie Hassler

February 14, 2014


bigstock-Stopwatch-10397198Time management. How do I manage my time? Which system do you prescribe to? There are a billion of them to choose from, the tools are many. In the end, does it really matter?
I don’t think so. I’ve tried them all and most seem to cost me more time to manage them that it seemed to give back to me. So in an essence, to me, time management is dead. Why is it dead?
Here are my top 3 reasons:

  1. Time is not always on my side. In fact, in our society, I can’t think of many people who would consider time to be on anyone’s side. Once the second, the minute, the hour is gone. That’s it, no re-living it. A finite resource. The rat race, race against time. It’s a contest we can’t win. What exactly am I managing anyway?
  2. Even the non-urgent can become urgent. I’ve always hated those categories, urgent, non-urgent, important, not important . Truly there are some things that might fall into the not urgent category for the day, but guess what, eventually it becomes urgent. And honestly, being reactive, to deal with emergencies and fires, takes more time than it does to widdle away at the non-urgent on a daily basis.
  3. It’s not about managing the minutes, but multiplying the minutes, freeing the minutes and doing less with more. Many of our old systems are very linear and more focused on appointments than activities. But what is interesting to me is that we assume or infer that we personally should be the ones to get things done.

So you see, time management is dead. I declared it! What are your thoughts?

Leslie Hassler

About the author

Leslie Hassler is a popular author and speaker who spends much of her time coaching business owners on how to run their growing businesses by their rules. Delivering high-touch, personalized service, Leslie works with her clients as a partner, not just a consultant (who would pop in, tell you what to do, then leave). Leslie teaches her clients a structured way to decide what to do first, second, next -- and never – in their businesses, so that they can learn to do it for themselves. Leslie lives in Dallas with her husband and two kids, so she knows it’s not just about growing the business – it’s about getting the business ship shape so it grows and you can be home in time for dinner. Leslie speaks on topics such as business leadership, prioritizing the business owner’s To Do list, and how to create and implement a strategic plan for growth.

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