Signs You Don’t Need A Time Management Upgrade


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Stepcase Lifehack recently ran an article about whether or not you needed a Time Management Upgrade. It caught my eye, as these articles generally do, but what I found was so out of sync with me, that I thought I would add my comments here.

The article, “Is It Time For a Time Management Upgrade?”, talks about the obvious signs you need to look at your processes, like being late or missing deadlines. But then goes on to say

However, there are some that are more subtle, and a few that we tend to mistake. In most cases, they are accompanied by the same “fantastic” thought: “I’d be able to do this if I only had enough time.”

and gave the following examples:

Being Overweight

The article maintains that we are overweight because we don’t have enough time to do anything about it. In my case, I’m carrying extra weight because I stress eat too much of the wrong foods. I also don’t exercise every day, not because I don’t have time, but because I simply don’t want to.

Solution: one has to eat. Make smarter choices. Exercise more.

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Having lots of email in our Inbox

The article says that we have lots of email in our inboxes because we lack time to clean it up. Nope, I have lots of email in my inbox because I get a lot of email. Plain and simple.

I don’t let it stay there, not because I have a good time management system, but because I have a way to process the emails that works well.

Solution: minimize the amount of email boxes you have to check, and then streamline your process for handling the email.

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Clutter

The article takes the same tactic: if there were more time, the mess would be cleaned up. In my case, my dining room is currently filled with clutter. Not because I don’t have time to clean it out, but because I was just “gifted” with a van-full of stuff I didn’t need. It is working its way out the door.

Also, some clutter comes from a lack of a place to keep something. It isn’t a matter of time, but rather a matter of organization or mistaken needs. Most of the cluttered people I have run across are cluttered simply because they don’t have a good place to keep things.

Solution: start purging things you haven’t used in the last year. Once that is done, eliminate duplicates as far as possible, then designate a place to keep everything. If you’re really stuck hire a professional organizer for coaching.

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Commitments fall through the cracks

“Stuff that we quietly tell ourselves that we need to do, simply doesn’t happen.” If this is the case with me, it isn’t because of a lack of time. It’s because I have not made it a priority, or I never really wanted to do it to begin with.

Solution: before you agree to do anything, make sure it is in line with your interest and goals, and that it is not something you are saying “yes” to because someone else expects it.

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Others are upset because we don’t stay in touch

The article claims that if we have time, we’ll have more quality moments with people we care about. Well, that really has nothing to do with others being upset because we don’t stay in touch. I stay in touch with those people who are important. Others I purposefully neglect, and they’re usually the ones upset because I haven’t met their expectations. Well, those expectations are theirs, not mine.

Solution: if you really don’t have time for your spouse and children, make that a top priority, for they won’t stick around to be ignored forever. If other people are upset with you, ask yourself if it really is your problem, or if it is theirs.

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We are stressed

The article talks about how we take work with us everywhere, and this is the cause of stress. Nope, many people these days are stressed for many other reasons, like not having a job, or not being able to pay the bills, or wondering how you’re going to make it on a single income (that’s me there). When I’m stressed, it has nothing to do with work, but with everything else that is piling on top of me.

Solution: if you are stressed because you’re always working, stop. Turn off the cell phone. Turn off the laptop. If you’re not at the office, you don’t have to work. And work can get by without you.

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Solution #2: if you are stressed because of economic reasons, know they are valid. Talk to someone about them; find specific ways to counter the specific stress. These are large items in this economy and cannot be fixed by turning off the technology.

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Poor time management can lead to a lot of things; but let’s be honest about the other stuff on this list. Getting a better planner isn’t going to help you get a job; nor is it going to magically make your house pristine. Take the time to deal with the real root causes of the issues and you will find they are not about time at all.


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Comments

  1. says

    Great list of things to watch for. I would add not having time for things you used to enjoy. A life without pleasure does impact on your mental health.

  2. says

    Brilliant! I so agree with these & you have given me a virtual kick up the bum to have a look at some of my excuses!