One of the definitions of the Web 2.0 phenomena reads as follows:
A term to generally describe web sites and services where the content is shaped partially or entirely by the users (instead of being read-only and published by a sponsoring company)
The 2Time blog is built on the idea that something similar is happening in the world of time management. There is a migration underway and its taking us away from time management systems that are defined by others, towards systems that are owned, defined and improved by users.
As such, it is a revolution of sorts… a shift in the way people view an essential component of their lives that is bringing with it a new level of responsibility, power and freedom.
It’s just like the revolution that Web 2.0 ushered in. Ownership of key content, relationships and communication channels moved away from companies and towards users in a tremendous shift in power in which information-creation was democratized and individuals came to trust their own judgment, and those of many others, over that of established experts. It has been a gradual but steady deepening of the “Wisdom of the Crowds.”
Well, strap yourselves in, because another quiet revolution is underway: “Time Management 2.0.” Some say that the Web 2.0 transformation was built on tools that were built over a decade ago, but are only just being exploited to the fullest by millions of people. The same applies to time management, where this “new” term is actually describing a phenomena that has always existed.
You and I have already been doing Time Management 2.0. We sat in time management classes, or read books, nodded our heads in agreement, and afterward, went off to do our own thing. After all, who could follow the prescriptions of someone who insisted that you label your folders this way or that, or used their new term to describe something you already understood, or who tried to redefine everyday words such as “now.” We listened to their detailed practices and we knew deep down that we could never change our habits to fit their system. God bless the few that could, but the rest of us were the dunces in the class who just couldn’t measure up by instantly turning over a new leaf.
Instead, we took a little from here and there and made up our own thing… sometimes it worked, but oftentimes we failed, because we couldn’t quite reverse engineer the recipe they were using. Nevertheless, it still felt better than the feeling of overwhelm that came from reading the latest “1001 Top Tips for Time Management…” Doing our own thing at kept put us in charge, and made us experience the success that kids sometimes feel when they also “do their own thing.”
The funny thing is that the experts haven’t noticed that we aren’t quite following the way we should. The fact is, they sincerely believe that their systems work, and do you know… they are right. They DO work… for them.
The rest of us out here don’t need a different or better or smarter guru. Instead, we need help to design our own system, and we need help in order to make them work to fit our needs, and our unique habits.
And that’s why “Time Management 2.0” is not a new idea, but a phrase that more accurately describes an already existing reality in a way that might help us all to get what we want at the end. More productivity. Greater peace of mind. Less stress. More time spent doing important things, and less time doing trivia things.
But even these words are misleading, as each person’s interpretation of them is individual, and unique. Therefore, the time management systems that produce them must be different from person to person as well.
This is where time management 2.0 starts — with me empowering myself to master my own time management system that produces the results I want in my life. That has got to be a close description of what we all want.