Priority management is a more useful concept than time management

<Start Devil’s Advocacy>Caveat lector.

I hate the term time management.

You can’t manage time. The word manage has the Latin word for hand (manus) buried in it. So you get the sense of something you can get you hands on, manipulate, adjust, turn, alter, carve, or julienne. And you can’t do a single one of those things with time.

We all get a chunk of it doled out in the light, and a chunk in the dark. Some of us use clocks that divide those experiences into hours. 24 of them. And we all get the same chunks. Depending on which shiny object you track in the sky you get 12 or 13 annual cycles of time. Everyone get’s the same.  You can wave your hands around all you want, you aren’t going to get any more.

When people say they don’t have time, that really isn’t true. You don’t have less time, you are choosing to stuff more (or other) things into that time. Or you are using time as a scapegoat in your mitigated speech that disguises what I am asking you to do is not as important to you as other things you would like to do in that time.  Of course you have time. What you don’t have is the desire to do the thing asked of you!</end Devil’s Advocacy>

So what this is really all about is priority management.

I like priority management. Your priorities, your lists, your sticky notes, chores and pleasures, those you can manipulate and manage. Priorities are ruthlessly honest. Real priority lists follow the rule that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time (in a Newtonian world anyway). So one has to come before another. So stop blaming time, and start owning up to your choices.

Let’s be honest and stop blaming time for its lack. Stop playing with illusions about what it is we can really control. Lets be honest that we are making choices, good ones and bad ones, in each passing moment.

Each moment you have a choice how to conduct yourself. You can bring presence, focus, intention, and commitment to each one of those moments, or you can  drift. And sometimes even drifting is a good thing. The point is, they are priorities for you to manage, you make a choice about, and you are honest about.

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