Seize Your Time – step away from “managing” time towards seizing your time

I have written earlier about the strangeness of the concept of “time management”((1)), but I continue to bump into elements of the vast industry of time management consulting((2)).  And clients continue to wrestle with how to use their time more effectively.  All of this means that I am continuing to sharpen my practices. Continue reading

Footnotes:
  1. in my posting, “Time Management – is now the time to get beyond this distracting oxymoron?” []
  2. I am hardly the only person to note the fallacy of “time management”,here is David E. Allen of Getting Things Done fame on this point []

Time Management – is now the time to get beyond this distracting oxymoron?

Time management is an extremely popular topic. Is this productive?

A Google search for the phrase “time management” returns the droll news that there are more than 14,900,000 responses. Amazon lists 448 books with ‘time management” in the title or subject line. A similar search on Youtube.com returns over 2,000 videos about time management.

But, what can this really be about? Time is a concept we use to delimit the past from the present, and whatever future there might be. Einstein is reported to have said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”((1)) Perhaps because we, as human beings, are a fleeting moment, we have a special focus on time. We are very aware that our time is limited, unknowable. Continue reading

Footnotes:
  1. I could not find a reference citation for this quote. It is ubiquitous on the web. Perhaps it is apocryphal? In a recent re-read of David Allen’s Getting Things Done Penguin, 2001), he has a side note (p. 5): “Time is the quality of nature that keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be working”. – Anonymous []