No Such Thing as Time Management 

No Such Thing as Time Management

Do you wish you had more time? More minutes in each hour? More hours in each day? Hell, maybe even more days in each month?

If so, you do know that you are certainly not alone, right?

Most of society is constantly searching for ways to manage their time better, more effectively, maybe even more wisely.

Unfortunately, we have some very bad news. We hope you are ready!

Time Management is a Lie

Time management is a LIE! There is no such thing. It is not even remotely possible. 

BOOM! HEAD BLOWN, RIGHT?

Relax, relax. Before you go into shock, before you even possibly get upset with us, let us clear this confusion up once and for all. 

Yes, we know, there are hundreds of books and thousands of articles that have been written on this “time management” concept. 

We also know millions of people have been sold this false hope.

That is unfortunate. It downright saddens us. But…

…we are quite confident, the moment you read through the TRUTHS below, you will come to understand that it is PRIORITIES, not, in fact, TIME, that you are CAPABLE OF, and SHOULD BE, attempting to manage. 

Time is a Unit of Measurement

To be clear, it is truly, and unquestionably, impossible to manage time! 

You see, time is a UNIT OF MEASUREMENT, a value. 

Time (60 seconds, 60 minutes, 24 hours, 365 days, 12 months, etc), is set! 

Time is the same for all of us! 

Time cannot be managed, but is, instead, spent.

A quick side note…”spent” can also mean invested, or wasted.

The moment you accept this reality, the sooner you can flip the mental switch, take responsibility, and make the most of the time you have.

It is not “time” that you need or want to manage, but instead what you do with your time, how you spend (or invest/waste it), that matters.

The Truth About Time Management

Let’s be brutally honest with one another now.

It is far more PSYCHOLOGICALLY ACCEPTABLE for us to tell ourselves that we have a PROBLEM MANAGING OUR TIME as opposed to managing our PRIORITIES!

The reason is simple. We can blame the lack of time on just about anything in the world.

Each and every one of us is capable of making up the “excuses” and laying the blame we need, in order to defend “lack of time”. 

We can always pawn a lack of time off on other people, their issues, their needs, their failures. This happens all day, every day.

Setting our priorities, however, well that falls squarely on our shoulders. Nothing and no one else to blame those decisions on.

To be honest, the most successful of individuals want this responsibility, at all times.

Priorities: Want vs Need

It is your CHOICE what you decide your priorities are, but let’s not play games with the “lack of time” excuse that kills so many hopes and dreams. 

Just like we always seem to “find” money for the things we WANT (cars, purses, shoes, phones, Starbucks, etc), yet have such a hard time finding the money for the things we NEED (better food, brakes for our cars, new tires, etc)…

…we tend to find the time to do the things we WANT to do much faster than we find the time for the things we NEED to do. 

Until you can control the psychological WANT vs NEED battle and set your priorities for long-term successes, as opposed to instant gratification, you will find time merely slipping away, never within your control.

Good news though, once you accept this, there is a relatively simple (not necessarily) easy solution.

When you’re ready, move on. 

What is Most Important to You

Before we give you our simple steps to “making the most of your time”, we want to acknowledge something important. 

Your priorities are YOURS, and they WILL CHANGE.

Over time, life has a funny way of changing what we know, or think, is of the utmost importance to us, from one thing to another, time and again.

It is important that you accept, and we, along with everyone else, respect, your priorities are yours, and yours alone. 

It is not ok for us, or anyone else, to judge you for what you have decided is most important to you, now, or any time in the future.

So, with all that said, let us show you how we make sure to “have the time” for the things that we determine are our priorities. 

It really is quite simple…and it starts TONIGHT, BEFORE BED! Let’s go…

Schedule Your Time

Step #1 – Take just a few minutes, right before heading off to sleep, to think about tomorrow. What does the day look like? What are the appointments, tasks, etc that MUST BE DONE? Are you going to exercise tomorrow, go for a bike ride with your kids, etc? Once you have defined them, move on to Step #2.

Step #2 – Open your Calendar App of choice on your cell phone. Start with your “known” APPOINTMENTS. Place them on your calendar appropriately.

Step #3 – With your appointments in place, and scheduled on your calendar, you should have a pretty good visual as to where you need to be, when, and for what.

Good news, we are staying right here in your calendar.

FYI…a lot of people make the mistake of doing this next step in another app/location. Not you, or not anymore!

Thinking back to Step #1 and what you determined had to “be done” today, the tasks, outside of known appointments, that you need, or want to accomplish, let’s PLAN (set aside) time to tackle them.

No matter what they are, no matter how long you think they will take, PUT THEM ON YOUR CALENDAR, where you believe they will best fit.

If say, you have a few phone calls to make, “batch” them together in a 30-60 minute block on your calendar. 

Do you intend to clean out the garage? Set aside the time, on your calendar, that you think you want to devote to getting it done.

Are you going to go grocery shopping? PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR, right now, where it best fits.

Step #4FOLLOW YOUR PLAN…unless you absolutely have to adjust. If you do have to adjust the schedule, DO SO ON YOUR CALENDAR to match the actual changes being made, when the changes take place.

Yes, that’s really it! Nothing less, nothing more!

It’s Yours to Spend

As we stated early on, you cannot, under any circumstances, manage time.

You can, however, decide, and manage, how, and where, you choose to “spend” your time. 

If you take just a few minutes, each night, to look at the day ahead, you can make some simple decisions as to what and where your priorities for the next day are going to be.

The act of planning, of scheduling, in advance, lays the foundation for success.

Failing to do this means, in short, you are not planning, but in fact, merely hoping, to “find time” to do just about anything you can.

Of course, there are going to be days where the best-laid plans are shot down!

However, if the above process becomes a habit, you will be amazed at how much more you are able to accomplish.

Go ahead, give this nightly, 10-minute ritual a try. See for yourself how it feels to be “proactive” as opposed to “reactive” when it comes to “spending your time”.

Let us know how it goes, and, by all means, if you have any questions at all on the above, drop them in the comments below. You are most likely not alone.

Let YOUR PRIORITIES dictate how your TIME gets SPENT!

Always Remember…

You only have one life to live, one body to live it in, so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of movement daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.

Live a 3D life…Decisions Determine Destinations!

12 thoughts on “No Such Thing as Time Management 

  1. Dorri says:

    Thank you for this article.  Your style of writing made me laugh.  I have been doing the “writing in the calendar” thing for years due to my lack of remembering what I needed to do in the coming days, or weeks, or even months.  Glad to know now that there is a method to my madness other than brain fog.  I love that you add the supplements so that we all can have the energy to do all those things we add to our calendars.  I do like the way you explain with encouragement regarding the time management or the lack there of.  Thank you for the smile today.  Love and Light

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      Ohhhh Dorri, you have no idea how far ahead of the curve you are then! 😛

      Stay tuned, you might like our soon to be released book, Finding Your Freedom! 

  2. Darren says:

    I really like this view of time management and thinking about it, you are right! We all have the same amount of time so we should be looking at how we prioritise it. 

    I was intrigued at the title of this post and now I understand there is no such thing as time management after reading your explanation. It makes perfect sense! 

    is it a good idea to write a to do list for each day to help your days plan of action? 

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      Yes, Darren! We feel that everyone would see far greater success if they had a “list” of sorts to work from.

      However, as you will see in our upcoming book, Finding Your Freedom, a to-do list is NOT, in fact, your best way to get what needs to be done…DONE!

      It is a useful tool when used properly, but unfortunately, all too often, it is misused and leads to greater stress instead of greater productivity.

      Stay tuned! We have a feeling you will enjoy Finding Your Freedom!

  3. edahnewton1 says:

    Thanks for sharing such a concise article. Time is an important element in the affairs of human lives.it is the amount of time you dedicate to an activity or a dream that will determine the out come.everyone makes goal every day either short,long or medium term goals (timing),understanding the concept of timing based on priority will determine if such goals can be achieve. 

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      We tend to feel as though TIME is the most important element of our lives! Because we never really know just how much of it we actually have, it is the ONE THING we should protect above all else. Do what you can with what you have, right?

  4. Mark says:

    Looking at time in this perspective has sparked off something new for me… I almost feel like I’d been wrong all this while but hey, no use whining. Thank God for the timing of this lesson! There have been instances where a perfectly planned day is simply overwhelmed by the emergencies that keep popping up, just like a firefighter trying to put out multiple fires. But even then, despite the nature of emergency, firefighters always have well detailed standard operating procedures for different scenarios and well assigned role play. I guess we can achieve the same for our time by planning more meticulously for would-be emergencies. Thanks for a great article.

    We are Blessed.

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      Mark, if our writings helped in any small way we are absolutely thrilled!

      But, you sir, are not alone. Each and every one of us plays that firefighter role more often than we would like. We feel pretty confident in saying there are really only two ways to minimize those occurrences…

      …say NO more often and PLAN more strictly! 

      Have no fear, we will touch on both of these in more detail in our upcoming book, Finding Your Freedom! We hope you “find the time” to enjoy a copy! Stay happy, healthy, and safe!

  5. Chimmhogevagreenesnr says:

    Hello there! This is an amazing article you’ve got here, this is highly educational. At first I was surprised and was filled with curiosity to actually know where you are driving out, until I understood that; wasting or investing the time is what you meant my “Spent”.  This

    super informative, thanks for sharing!

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      We appreciate the feedback. Very happy to hear you enjoyed it. Hopefully, it proves useful. Stay healthy and safe.

  6. wilson kume says:

    wow what a post we have here,actually i never imagined that someone else will also see this issue(time management) the way i did.Right from when i was a kid i would always wonder and ponder on why is there 24hrs to a day,couldn’t it be a bit longer like 32hrs,few minutes after these thoughts i would realize that i didn’t spend my time wisely.So i made a priority list of the things i would do in a day  and i noticed that i just couldn’t manage my priorities well,and i started working on my priorities,till date i still work on them and its given me an efficient use of my time.Nice one,keep it up.

    • The 3D Labs Team says:

      Thanks, Wilson! You may come to enjoy our soon to be released book, Finding Your Freedom so stay tuned!

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