No Time for Time Management
It’s official - there just aren’t enough hours in the day.It’s an outrage that we only have 24 to play with and yet they still expect us to waste up to a third of them kipping during this timespan.
In an attempt to wring out some more precious seconds from my daily activity, I personally haven’t slept since the summer solstice. If I nod off mid-sentence, gimme a nudge.
I don’t know if you know but there are actually LESS than 24 hours in a single day (if the astronomers are to be believed). I’m not sure how it’s calculated but I think a day works out at around 23 hours and 57 minutes which is why we have leap years and stuff. If we didn’t, we’d eventually be celebrating new year in mid-afternoon in the third week of March which would be really inconvenient if it clashed with Countdown.
These three additional minutes are great though. It means we have an extra 180 seconds to procrastinate each day - yet another opportunity to put off descaling the kettle.
“Steven, how on earth can we make best use of our time then?”
Well my poor misguided, time-deficient friends, there are number techniques you can use such as getting off your collective backsides and doing something today rather than leaving it until tomorrow.
It may be nice to feel that you’ve postponed your daily schedule so that you’re able to watch the ball game tonight but if it means that you have to write a 20,000 word thesis on the real time distributed control system for a flexible micro-robot before breakfast tomorrow it’s not likely to be that productive.
What I’d like to do now is relay a story to you, which I’m sure many of you will know, about a time management expert who was taking a class with some high achieving business students. He made a point in a visual way that those assembled would never forget.
Seriously, you do need to look at what your big rocks are. They could be your children, spouse, your education, dreams, a worthy cause or your health. If they are important to your life you need to sweat the little stuff which in this case is the gravel and the sand (which must be really clogging up your pores) so that you can have the quality time required to concentrate on the rocks. Work out what these are and put them into your schedule…not literally unless you want a very large paperweight.
Time to go. If I can schedule it, I’ll be back next week unless I get a better offer from the girl at the bakery!
Oh, Tuumble, you're so delicious.
Sharpen your saw!
Not having time for Time Management reminds me another good story...
Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.
"What are you doing?" you ask.
"Can't you see?" comes the impatient reply. "I'm sawing down this tree."
"You look exhausted!" you exclaim. "How long have you been at it?"
"Over five hours," he returns, "and I'm beat! This is hard work."
"Well why don't you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?" you inquire. "I'm sure it would go a lot faster."
"I don't have time to sharpen the saw," the man says emphatically. "I'm too busy sawing!"
I've heard that story before and how true of people it is! :D
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