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How to Manage Time: What is time, anyway?
Before you can manage time, you have to know what it is, right? Just nod your head up and down :)
A Google search yielded the following definitions of time:
We typically think about time according to the ways we measure it’s passing, such as clocks, calendars, etc. Ever notice the funny things we say about time? Examples:
Then there are the scientific topics regarding time. Physics and motion can alter time. Psychologists note that our perception of time alters depending on our circumstances and stimuli.
Some doctors state that people who feel they are running out of time, probably are. Why? They have faster heart rates with high levels of adrenaline. They tend to drop dead. They quite literally run out of time.
Michael West, a gerontologist at California, Berkeley states: “From a gerontologist’s standpoint, biological time is not wear-and-tear, it’s a genetic program. It’s sort of like a time bomb. The cells are programmed to last just long enough for us to rear children, and not much longer.”
Then there is God’s time. The great spiritual writer, C. S. Lewis [Author of the Chronicles of Narnia], referred to this as “God’s unbounded now.”
Now is the moment. Right now. What goes forward into timeless eternity. He went on to suggest that the Christian view of time is not so different from the scientific view. Physics theories state that all moments exist equally, at once. It is only our conscious minds that distinguish the past, present or future.
There are enough theories and topics out there to make you dizzy!
So how do we manage time?
For most of us, all we really want, or need is a little help managing our priorities, our calendars and dealing with that nagging alarm that goes off far too early every weekday!
The reason I gave you all that lovely detail above was not to bore you (do I hear snoring?), but rather to bring these things to mind so you can examine them.
A part of time management revolves around our goals and belief systems. These goals and beliefs drive our priorities. If we believe that something is important, we always find time to accomplish it. However, often we find that what we say is important may actually be different than what we actually do.
Ever hear the phrase actions speak louder than words?
We often we tell ourselves (and others) what we think should be the priority when, in fact, it is not a true priority for us. In other words, we tend to tell people (including ourselves) what they want to hear.
In our media driven culture today, how something appears is often more important than what the reality is. We want to appear a certain way. We want to look and, perhaps, be a good person. We tell ourselves that we want to accomplish things (lose weight, get out of debt, attend church regularly, etc.), yet we don’t accomplish them. We say we don’t have time. But is that true?
Modern culture today tends to tell us that if we don’t get what we want, it’s someone else’s fault: discrimination, my rights were violated, etc. This attitude has become pervasive in our litigious society. This is known as blame shifting and/or victim mentality.
Neither of these mindsets will get the changes we say we want.
How to go about changing priorities:
The point of all of this is to get you to examine your life and determine what your true priorities are. You must get a handle on this before you can proceed to work on your calendar.
Only after you’ve done your self-examination, will it be truly profitable to work on those conflicting calendar priorities.
Here are links to other great time management information and tips:
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