I was looking through my previous posts for something on time management. Imagine my surprise: In over 20 years of coaching, and with time management being one of the most common topics of conversation, still no writing about it.
One thing is a constant, though: No matter who I spoke to through those years, time management always came down to the same thing – choice. The choices you make every day determine how you choose to spend your time.
Your Time Bank
Think of it like a bank account where there’s $86,400 deposited to your account every day and you decide how to spend it every day. You get to make choices, every day.
You do have an account but it’s not dollars that are deposited. It’s seconds. How do you spend those seconds? Once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can’t give them away or lent them to another person. You can’t save them, nor can you carry them forward to another day.
There are hundreds of methods and techniques for managing time. All you have to do is type “time management” into Google and you’ll have over 222 million links to choose from to learn a new technique. That’s 222,000,000. I can tell you that the last thing I want to do is choose to spend my time clicking and reading about time management.
Choice – It’s Up to You
So how do you simplify the process? Easier said than done. It comes down to you choosing how you want to spend that daily balance. Start thinking about the choices you make each day. Create a system for yourself that works to help you plan how to get the most out of your time. Ask for help to get you started if you’re having trouble, just make sure you’re asking somebody who knows how to help.
We all have the same amount of time in a day. You can become an expert in time management by managing your choices.