“I am thinking about taking a course in time management,” Earl announced.
“So, you think you need more time to get things done?” I asked. “I have some bad news for you. The clock never slows down. I cannot give you any more minutes in a day and the rate of those minutes never changes. You cannot manage time.”
Earl had a quizzical look on his face. He was certain that I would give him a referral to a time management course, or at least give him a book to read.
“You can manage yourself, you can be more productive, you can manage tasks, but no matter how much you stare at the clock on the wall, the second hand will continue to tick. You know the techniques.
- To do list
- Uninterrupted time
- Time budget
- Weekly review
- Only handle it once
- Action list
- Say no
- Pareto principle
“And, understanding techniques to be more productive, techniques for self-management, techniques for task management seldom work.
“It is not desire that fails people, for most want the outcomes that time management produces.
“What fails people most is discipline. The discipline to perform something over and over until it becomes a habit. It is only when you create a habit that you will gain the benefits from any time management technique.
“I can teach you the techniques, but only you can supply the habit.”