Time Management Is For The Birds!
We hear a lot being taught about the importance of “time management” or learning
how to manage your time more effectively. Is it really true that one can really manage
time to get the most out of it? My answer to this question is a resounding, “No!”. Time as
I understand it stands neutral and changes for no man. It does not cater to the whims
and wishes of mortal men. We cannot pacify it to do our bidding. It does not slow down,
nor does it ever speed up for our own pleasure. We all share the same unit of time for
living: Sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, and twenty-four hours to a
We all have 1,440 minutes to work with on a given day.
“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is true of earthly as of heavenly things. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life.”
— James Allen
So, is it possible to “manage” time? My answer is still, “NO”.
So then, what are you suggesting, you might ask?
Here’s what I’m trying to convey:
Time is neutral in that it can’t be manipulated.
However, you as a physical being CAN be.
Instead of trying to manage time and find yourself frustrated because you can’t. Why
not rather resort to managing YOURSELF, or as I call it “self-manipulation”.
“Yourself”….now this is manageable. Why? Because you are not neutral. You are alive
and can be given to change. You are forever in a state of changing (you determine the
direction). At any given time you can decide to do or not do. You can decide to be
mediocre and average, or you can decide to be successful in whatever you decide to do.
So, instead of trying to race time so to speak in trying to get things done, begin today by
managing yourself. Use yourself more effectively in the time allotted (1440 minutes a
day). When you do this, you’ll find yourself less frustrated with time and more fulfilled
because in reality you are in competition not with time, but with “yourself”. Change the
way you think, and you won’t be far from revolutionizing your life.