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11 Behaviors That Make Time Management a Nightmare

October 25th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Time management is a subject we all deal with.   Each of us have behaviors that can make managing our time a night mare!   Time is a  free commodity which can seem plentiful, especially when we are doing something we don’t enjoy.  It drags by, second by second, as if Father Time was dragging an elephant around on his coat tails.  I remember watching the clock in school as it slowly made its way to the dismissal bell, thinking I was stuck in the twilight zone of frozen time.

Equally as confusing is when we are enjoying ourselves or crunching to meet a deadline.  Time flies by in a blur.  Harvey MacKay says it best,
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

Where does our time go?  To find out where our time goes, we must first recognize the behavior that’s stealing it from us.  Here is a list of eleven notorious time thieves.

1.  Improperly prioritizing our work
2.  Letting less important task such as email consume our time
3.  Unable to say “no” to others
4.  “I’ll do it later” mindset or procrastinating
5.  Poor crisis management skills
6.  Not finishing something before going on to the next
7.  Day dreaming
8.  Feeling guilty and defeated for past unfinished projects
9.  Stress
10. Lack of quality sleep
11. Sucked into other people’s drama or letting other people distract us.

Do any of these seem familiar?  It is easy to become unfocused and off track when we have any of these nipping at our heals.  Setting goals can help us focus and get back on track.

Time really isn’t something we can manage.  We can’t control the passage of the hours and minutes of our day.  We can only manage our use of time.  The eleven points can  only be overcome by using self discipline.  But, none of  this will happen without, first,  identifying your own personal self limiting behavior.  If this feels like a challenge, you may need a second set of objective eyes in the form of  a coach or mentor.

After we have contemplated and located our own personal time thief, we can start behavior modification to get back in control of our time.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you do to overcome these time bandits.

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  1. October 26th, 2010 at 09:27 | #1

    You have to focus in order to get things done. Procrastination is the biggest enemy of success.
    Managing your time can make a difference in your life. You have to set a plan and stick to it no matter how much temptation you face.

  2. October 29th, 2010 at 07:58 | #2

    Goal setting is important, but even more important to actually go for your goals. Planning, thinking about it can help tremendously, but doing will create solution. Do not forget that you have to do whatever it is in order to move ahead.

  3. November 21st, 2010 at 07:20 | #3

    Thank you for the advice. I’ve found your first point to be most effective.

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  1. October 25th, 2010 at 17:01 | #1