When you are a life coach, you tend to study the heck out of whatever your specialization is. For example, if you are a grief management coach, you probably know the stages of grief inside and out, upside-down and right-side-out, forwards and backwards. You probably not only know the stages of grief, but you could probably describe every single coping mechanism people use to deal with it, and what helps most people.
Given this and the fact that I am a simplicity coach, it’s not a big surprise that I have studied quite a bit on time-management. It’s generally considered by far to be one of the most effective strategies to address the issue of having a crowded schedule. In my own studies, however, I have found probably the biggest secret to effective time management you’ll ever know.
Are you ready for this?!
Here it is!
There is no such thing as time management.
Now that I have utterly ruined your excitement, let me clarify a bit. Technically, there is such a thing as time-management, but with the way most classes and books use it, it’s absolutely useless.
Most forms of time-management follow a broken ideology. People believe that if you just organize and optimize your use of time better, you’ll have more of it and you won’t be busy anymore. This is comparable to being a hoarder with a house full of junk and believing if you just rearrange your stuff, you’ll have plenty of space.
Like with house-cleaning, the real secret to having a nice, open schedule is learning what you need to keep and what you throw away. Much like a hoarder, crowded schedule keepers are afraid of eliminating parts of their schedule. There is a fear that if you cancel something, that you’ll make a mistake, miss out on an opportunity, and regret it later.
Some of the secret to overcoming this tendency toward clutter is to follow a lot of the habits and rules people use to keep their houses clean and spacious. We’ll be going into how you can do this next week.
images provided by Cam Evans and pawpaw67 via Flickr and Alex E. Proimos via Wikipedia.