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Why ‘Gaining Control’ Over Time Is a Flawed Paradigm – And Understanding Time Management Will Set You Free!

 

Time management classes teach you how to draw up lists of things to do, prioritize them, and execute efficiently. This creates the illusion of controlling time. But unless you really understand the nature of time and what managing it really means, you’ll never be free of the shackles of “too little time”.

Time is natural. Since pre-historic times, time has been perceived in harmony with nature. The passage of day into night, the cycle of seasons, and the predictable patterns of evolution of time have all been watched, accepted and understood by mankind.

In the modern world, however, the wristwatch (or alarm clock) has shifted this perception and created a different understanding of time. It has become something to manage, control and optimize – because we think that things will spiral out of control otherwise.

Reality? They are spiralling out of control anyway!

So what’s a man (or woman) to do? Well, when you understand what time management really involves, you’ll discover the secret that ancients knew and internalize the concept of natural time – which will set you free from the stress and anxiety of modern time management, and at the same time make you super-effective and hyper-efficient.

Task-Based To Time-Based Living

Things were simpler in the days when people viewed life through a task-based lens. You harvested the land and planted seeds. It didn’t matter how long it took, you completed the task. You hunted prey, cooked it, and ate it. How many hours or minutes you spend doing it hardly mattered.

And then, as the industrial age developed, the factory re-defined your job by the time it took to complete – because more efficient workers added to the productivity of the enterprise. The time-table, time sheet and duty hours gained prominence.

You no longer worked from sunrise to sunset. You work from 9-to-5… and are pressured to get as much as possible done in this time. That’s stressful, and so we needed time management classes to instruct us on doing this well.

To Do Lists, Priorities And Effectiveness

Time management classes focused on teaching managers and employees (as well as CEOs and entrepreneurs) how to squeeze the most efficiency out of their working hours. To do lists gained prominence after the legendary Charles Schwab was advised to draw up a list of his 6 top tasks every day and work his way down them… which he found dramatically enhanced his productivity.

But even if we make to do lists of 6 (or, as is more popular these days, 10) of your top chores and prioritize them by order to focus on getting each done, it still won’t make you more effective. That’s why time management classes in the mid-1960s shifted emphasis to guiding students to be more effective.

That happened by carefully picking the tasks to focus on, by asking 3 questions:

  • 1. Does this need to be done?
  • 2. Do I have to be the one doing it?
  • 3. Am I wasting someone else’s time doing it?

The immediate results were seductively great, and more people embraced the philosophy of “controlling time” through this approach. But as efficiency grew, people became aware of a disturbing reality. They weren’t any less busy or happier because of their time management systems.

Are Time Management Classes Necessary?

Yes. And they need to teach a different message. One that is rooted in the age-old understanding of time as an ‘internal’ thing, that’s a part of our nature, and something we must work with in harmony with. Time Management Tao is about embracing this inherent naturalness of time, making it a facet of all our efforts, and going with the flow to get more done in less time.

This attitude takes away the stress and anxiety that go with fighting time deadlines and trying to conform to time limits imposed from the ‘outside’. It is certainly important to get things done on schedule, to be at an appointment on time, and to work with specific time frames on projects and targets. But it is also important to do it in a way that resonates with the very nature of time, and that is non-confrontational or stressful.

Our approach with time management classes is to teach a style of time management rooted in balance. We help you find your center – and realize what’s most important for you to get done. We guide you to understand order, so that you won’t fret and worry about trying to rush things ahead of their natural schedule. We show you how to choose the right timing for any task, so that it gets done almost automatically, with the least effort and time.

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