“I don’t have time for time management.”
That is an excuse that I hear often.
You say that you don’t have time to sit down and plan. Or to get up early and get things done. Or to set goals and deadlines.
All of these are excuses.
After all, time management’s main purpose is to make time, not take time.
Time Management Should Be Effortless
Your time management should not be taking more time than it is saving.
It should not be so complex that it is a chore to do.
“The best time management system is the one you don’t have to think about.”
Rather, your time management should be easy. It should be skills and habits that you have incorporated into your daily lifestyle.
Here are just a few ways that your time management should be effortless:
- Practiced Habits – The best time management skills are those that are habits. Actions and skills that you repeated so that thru practice they become regular and easy.
- Regular Routine – Your time management should be built right into your daily schedule. You don’t have to think about squeezing your productivity into your day because it is always scheduled and done.
- Productive Processes – Repeatability is key to increased productivity. Developed processes that allow you to get work done in a rapid and repeatable manner. (One of my favorite examples of this is a “travel packlist” that allows you to always pack for trips with speed and little effort.)
- Right Tools – The correct tools will help you get work done quicker and easier. From your todo list to specialize apps that save time and effort, make sure you have the right tools for the task at hand.
Easy Time Management
If your time management is taking too much work then you need to change your productivity focus. Maybe your system is too complex. Or perhaps your tools require too much effort.
Time management requires practice, discipline, and learning.
However, once in place, your time management should fade into the background. It should be effortless and second nature. Time management should reduce your load rather than increases it.
The best time management is the one that you don’t even have to think about.
Question: Is your time management effortless? Does it reduce your workload or is it causing you to work harder? You can leave a comment by clicking here.