A Time Management Alternative
There is something inherently wrong with the traditional notion of “time management”, else people would be very successful at it and not find it so frustrating. It is self evident that time cannot be controlled, yet some arrogantly say we can “manage” time. There in lies the blistering rub. The very definition of management implies some large measure of control, if not complete control. Control is the root of management. How can one speak of time management if one cannot control time? Thus, time management is an oxymoron.
What if we were to say, “We cannot control or manage time, but we can control AND manage our desires, actions and some of our reactions.” Does that change the principles of “time management” or is it just a semantic difference? Can this type of management be done without time allotments? While many of the principles are effectively the same, there is more than a semantic difference. One of the reasons I believe many people have difficulty with the traditional concepts of time management is the misnomer that has been used to describe how people live their lives. So many people feel that their lives are “out of control” and when they try to bring time discipline to their actions, they cry out for mercy because they are trying to use traditional techniques, i.e. they attempt to control the uncontrollable! They expect to be able to do the unreasonable, the unnatural, even the impossible. How rude. Let’s call it like it is and help them to control the controllable, their desires, every action and some reactions.
To be continued...