There’s simply no way to create a great time management system from bits and pieces of tips dug up from here and there.
But that doesn’t stop us from trying, does it?
A quick search of Twitter for the phrase “time management” or the hashtag “#timemanagement” reveals how many people are looking for tips, shortcuts, and back doors.
We all want to be able to take a pill and wake up the following morning able to manage our time better.
Rather than looking for tips, we’d all be better off treating the issue as if it were a matter of lifelong learning rather than a miraculous flash in the pan.
In other words, it’s not as if people arrive at the perfect system at some point in their lives, and all they can do from that point on is hold onto it for dear life.
Instead, it’s more important for someone to treat their time management system as if it were something like they were their weight management system.
Trying to manage your weight at the age of 45 in the same way that you did at 25 is a recipe for disaster.
In the same way, trying to hold onto the same time management system, regardless of changes in the following aspects of your life, is just as crazy:
- Retirement or working
- Type of job
- Commuting time (or working at home)
- Number of kids
- Technology availability
- Marital status
- Ability to remember
It’s a better idea to see time management skills as something that you must change over time — and continually redesign. One thing we do know is that a poor time management system can lead to regrets of all shapes and sizes, particularly as your life draws to a close.