The myth of time management


Do you believe in time management?

Going by the number of books published on the topic it looks like a lot of people do.

I don’t know what makes anyone think they can manage time.

Time is a concept.

It’s flows like a stream but unlike water it cannot be contained.

We fool ourselves thinking we have it locked inside clocks or planners.

We measure it.

We schedule it.

It keeps going even when we aren’t looking.

We all have the same amount of it available to us every day but some of us seem to do a lot more with our daily allocation.

Some of us make use of daily planners, scheduling our use of time – and this is where all those theories of time management come from.

I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that simply using a daily planner to schedule appointments and tasks does not necessarily mean those things get done as planned, despite the best of intentions.

In the final analysis, it’s not time that has to be managed – it’s our use of time, and that comes down to something which distinguishes the successful from the others: self-discipline.

If you ever read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, you’ll discover he discusses time management under Habit 3: Put first things first – principles of personal management.

I reckon he was onto something.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter


Time to wake up

As much as we must wake up to the stories we have told ourselves about ourselves, we must also wake up to the stories we have been told by those in positions of power and influence in society.

We have been told, or should I say sold, a lot of stories to keep us subservient, to persuade us that complying and blending in with the way things are is the way to go.

  • Keep your head down.
  • Don’t make waves.
  • Work hard.
  • Play it safe.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Keep between the lines.

The Hindus in India had this down pat with their caste system, where you were born into privilege or poverty or any of the spots in between, and you were meant to stay there for life. Worth and opportunity were dictated by caste. Better luck next lifetime!

Industrialised societies of the West operate under the spell of the same story, despite all the bullshit we hear about the American dream, the land of opportunity or the lucky country where anybody can make it to the top.

Look closely. The whole system is rigged to make sure the wealthy keep their wealth and the rest of us stay out in the suburbs or the tenement blocks doing what we’re told, and being good little consumers so that we can give them back the little money they have given us in exchange for our servitude.

Time to take a look behind the curtain.

Time to ask questions.

Time to start thinking for yourself – instead of swallowing the corporate or government or religious line.

Time to take back your power and give yourself permission – instead of believing you have to have somebody else’s permission to be or do anything.

Time to stand up and be one of the players in the arena – instead of staying safely up in the stands with the multitude of the herd.

You have to be in the arena – to be a player.


That’s what waking up means.

Takes courage. Are you up for it? Or will you read this and go back to sleep because it’s safer there?

Instead of going back to sleep, I suggest you read The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. He puts it a lot more articulately than I have.

Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to leave a comment before you go.