A Time Management System for a LifeTime

One of the goals of 2Time is to help users create time management systems that last a lifetime.

What does that mean?

Most people start to think about time management when they become overwhelmed by some life change, such as getting married, having a child, being promote, being given additional responsibility, adding a new hobby or making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

As they take on new time demands they become acutely aware that their system is out of synch with their needs. Either one of two cases occurs.

Case #1 — Too Much New Stuff

The first mismatch happens when a user finds that their old practices don’t work, and that they simply are not keeping up. Time demands fall through the cracks, and if the job is an “important” one, they may have other people getting upset at their inability to deliver. They might even get upset with themselves, and blame themselves for either being lazy, procrastinating too much or having a bad memory.

Case #2 — Too Much of a System

In the odd case, users may either retire, get demoted or become disabled to some degree, and find themselves with a system that is geared for ten times as many time demands as they have at this moment in time. They might stress themselves out by trying to maintain a time management system they no longer need, with practices that are no longer necessary, but have become habitual.

The Answer

In both cases the answer is the same. Their time management system needs to be re-created to deal with the reality they are now dealing with in their lives. When the 11 fundamentals are known, this is not a difficult task.

A time management system that lasts a lifetime is easy to accomplish when users understand the fundamentals, and have mastered the practice of “Reviewing ” on a regular basis. The result is a flexible approach that allows them to evolve their system whenever their situation changes.

In this way, their time management system lasts a lifetime, as long as they are willing to do the work to make it current.

4 Replies to “A Time Management System for a LifeTime”

  1. Hi Francis. I like the point you make here. I agree totally that we need to have a mindset that our time management system is a life time tool. I also suggest that the system needs to be a whole life system – that is one system for everything in your life, rather than different diaries etc for work, home, hobbies and so on.

  2. I read the 2Time Mgt e-book, short and useful – I really like the flexible approach, Francis.

    Personally, for some reason I don’t get on well with paper – I’ve had so many diaries that I never used consistently for more than a week, maybe a month… but I know it CAN work that way for some people.

    You made a point that it is easier to jot down a phone number than enter it into a PDA or phone. That may be true for you, maybe even true for the majority, but I have gotten so used to my phone it is easier for me to do the thumbwork than to write. I’m a woman, I don’t tend to wear suits, and a pen is not the easiest thing for me to find and wield – especially while travelling (I’ve met the most interesting people out on the street, in the supermarket, etc) – or at a social event.

    I’ve figured out I am a green belt about to marry a die-hard orange belt 🙂 my fiance has another type of time-challenge I haven’t seen mentioned here. mail. i mean real mail, not email. Not just junk mail, but magazines he has ordered (and even paid for) and that he really seems to want to read. They pile up on the counters in the kitchen, unread.

    any ideas about how to deal with that?

    Niki

  3. Even though we have a strict time management to be followed but we have the habit of procrastination it will still do no good so before we come up with a time management system we should evaluate first ourselves if we can meet those schedules.

    -Jan

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