“I want to improve my time management, but I just don’t have time to do so!” It’s a lament I hear quite frequently, ironic as it may be.
Honestly, I empathize with the complaint. When you’re overwhelmed, improving your time management sounds nice, but it feels beyond reach. You know you want it, but making it happen is so much harder.
Trust me, I’ve been there, too.
What I realized, though, is what I’ll challenge you with today. And, believe it or not, it’s something you’ve understood since second grade.
If you’ll think back to an earlier time, you may remember the first time you learned multiplication. A teacher may have written something like this out on the board:
2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = ?
And then, right beneath it:
2 x 10 = ?
At the time, you probably solved the former. Why stray from the addition you solidly understand? But then, upon your teacher’s instruction, you started practicing the latter. Over time, as you became comfortable, multiplication became easier. It’s a much better process than addition ever was, and you can’t imagine trying to go back.
The same goes for your time management. Right now, you’re comfortable with addition. It’s what you know, even if it takes significantly more time.
But, with some intentional adjustments, you’ll quickly be multiplying and using your time more effectively. I promise, once you get started, you won’t want to go back!