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There are 8 days a week, right?

“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss*

“The best thing about the future is that
it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln*

Time management can be a sort of oxymoron when you really think about it. Do you really manage time? Or is time a constant that you manage to?

Many businesses report initiatives in equivalent hours. While this helps in some ways, it hurts severely in other ways. Calendar days are unforgiving and do not recognize average equivalent hours.

Unlike the song, time cannot be saved in a bottle. Nor can it be saved for a later date. Time cannot be stopped and started like a stop watch. Averaging out that a task takes 4 hours may not take into account that the four hours is distributed across two actual days.

The good news is that everyone has the same amount of time to spend. No matter where in the world, everyone’s clock has 24 hours.

Here are three suggestions to make the most of a calendar day

  • Plan ahead so that your “average hours” can be accomplished in the calendar days allotted.
  • Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do now. It may only be 30 minutes, but if you wait until tomorrow, those 30 minutes now equals a full 8 hour day.
  • Tasks stack up. If, on average, five tasks take one hour – you can still only do one task (or part of that task) at a time. The lapse time is five hours. Manage your calendar days to meet the required deliveries, whether it is a report or a product.

Time marches on. It always will in some form or fashion. You can’t save it. So spend it wisely as best you can based on today’s information.

Be intentional


Are you watching it or is it watching you?

Tick Tock goes the clock… Have you ever had a day where where time flew by? You barely walked through the door and poof, it was lunch time. Conversely, I’m sure you’ve had days where “time stood still”, like the day before vacation :-)? The only difference between the two was your focus. I get it, we’re human.

Time management is a conversation that has only begun with modern civilization. I doubt anyone in the 1500, 1600 or 1700 ever gave it a second thought. Time use to be measured in days. Now it is measured in nano-seconds. Yet, even though past societies were not beholden to the clock (or maybe the sun dial?), they still brought value to the day. They focused on the task and the result of the task.

This past week I read the following quote…

“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour” Jim Rohn

When you watch the clock and count the minutes in your day, the clock becomes your boss and the task at hand becomes an afterthought. You are endangered of losing your sense of accomplishment as you count the seconds.

When you manage your day to assignments completed, issues resolved, progress made, and continuous improvement initiates started – you understand the value you bring. It will help you prioritize, give you self-motivation, and ensure that you are managing time. And… the day will fly by.

Great companies are made up of teams that count their days based on value added not minutes that have ticked by.

Be intentional