By: Cameron Blake
A lot of us struggle with time management problems. Unfortunately, we believe that time management is a silver bullet. Merely manage your time correctly, and you’ll be a more productive business owner. You’ll finally be able to spend quality time with your family or start that hobby you’ve been putting off.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But, time management won’t solve all of your problems. It may be a waste of time for the following reasons. If time management isn’t working for you — then you’ll want to try these four options instead.
Time management is turning us into stressed-out and unproductive zombies
“The quest for increased personal productivity — for making the best possible use of your limited time — is a dominant motif of our age,” writes Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian. “And yet the truth is that more often than not, techniques designed to enhance one’s personal productivity seem to exacerbate the very anxieties they were meant to allay,” continues Burkeman. “The better you get at managing time, the less of it you feel that you have.”
The point is this: When it comes to time management, we’re fed the same advice over and over again. Even worse, it’s suggested that there’s a one-size-fits-all time management strategy. As a result, we blindly follow these time management tips that aren’t always effective, which causes stress and decreased productivity.
The solution? Find your own way to work style
You can then adjust your work style and find the right tools to fit your style.
- Prioritizes. They want fact-based analysis and debate. They’re also goal-oriented, consistent, and decisive.
- Planners. They thrive on details, as well as schedules and action plans.
- Arrangers. They want to be appreciated, and they love acknowledgment. They also like discussing questions and concerns.
- Visualizers. They are innovative and open-minded. But, they’re not fans of excessive details.
“Time management may be a great system for a machine, but for the rest of us who are emotionally driven human beings — we need to take account for our energy levels, plus your willpower and self-control reduce with every choice you make throughout the day.”