Why Time Management Is A Waste Of Time! (In My Opinion)

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I am going to say something that will probably shock and surprise many of you today.

Time Management Is A Waste Of Time.

Reason being you cannot change or control how much time that you have.

Every human being only has 24 hours inside of a given day.

Therefore trying to manage the amount of time that you have is completely pointless.

Instead, Focus On Your Priorities.

When you have priorities (Things You NEED to get done!) then you will find or make the time to do them.

When you focus on having clear and specific goals and daily tasks that are important, you will find yourself accomplishing a whole lot more and getting much more work done.

Instead of constantly focusing on time (and how much of it, you have left) focus on accomplishing your priorities.

Think about it like this, if you made it your mission to eat healthier and work out, then regardless of your work schedule or daily tasks, you would Find The Time or Make The Time to get to a gym and work out.

Why?

Because becoming healthier was a Priority For You.

Stop worrying about time, and instead begin to focus on your priorities, and you will begin to see more success in your life and the things that you get done.
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  • Hi Malcolm,

    Yes I quite agree.

    In fact, I think 'time management' is a bit of a misnomer and it should be 'you management', because - as you rightly say- we all have the same 24 hours. And it's how each of us prioritizes the tasks we have that makes the key difference.

    I recall John Carlton relating a story about when he worked with the late, great Gary Halbert.

    They were both trying to write copy and folks kept bursting in with problems: taxes were due ... the rent was overdue ... bills were past due.

    So Gary merely ushered them all out and locked the door.

    Then he and John spent the next six hours working on the priority, which was to write some great copy, make a truckload of cash and thus solve all those 'problems'.

    And even more draconian (and over-simplistic) solution is to take Pareto's 80/20 rule and concentrate on the 20% of tasks that give you 80% of your results ...

    ... and then toss the other 80%, that only gives you 20% ROI, into the trash!

    Well, I did say it was draconian!

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    It's funny because before I read the title and said to myself, "I bet that the topic is going to be about priority management over time management." I figured that because I'd heard someone say the same thing a few years ago and I've got to agree.

    I see that Mr. Hooper-Kelly above me mentioned Pareto's 80/20 Law. Good stuff. You don't come across that many people who know about Pareto's Law, yet the law still works perfectly today.
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  • Profile picture of the author techservice
    Tomatoes Tomatoes.

    Time Management / Priorities Management.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Miller
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    Sorry, but I am going to say time management works for certain type of people. There are people out there who procrastinate a lot. These kind of people will need a way to check the time to make sure he do each of today's goal in a certain length of time. Setting priority is too much work for some people. As long as I have list of today's goal, doesn't matter the priority, I just need to organize the time to complete it.
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    • Hi Guys and Gals,

      As Sean rightly said:

      I see that Mr. Hooper-Kelly above me mentioned Pareto's 80/20 Law. Good stuff. You don't come across that many people who know about Pareto's Law, yet the law still works perfectly today.
      So if anyone isn't up to speed with the 80/20 rule, allow me to elucidate:

      Vilfredo Pareto was a 19th century Italian, who noticed that 20% of the nobility held 80% of the wealth (mostly land).

      Nowadays, it's not so much the nobility as self made billionaires, like Bill Gates, who make up the top 20%. And, although wealth no longer depends on land holdings, the 80/20 rule still holds true.

      Then Pareto looked around and found the same ratio in nature. For example: 20% of the pea pods in his garden produced 80% of the peas.

      Nowadays, 'Pareto's Principle' has proved itself in business, with 80% of a company's business coming from 20% of its customers.

      And even in internet marketing you'll find 80% of your orders will come via only 20% of the affiliates (although, in practice, that's likely to be 90/10).

      And - which brings me back to the earlier question - you'll likely find in your own activities that 20% of your efforts will produce 80% of your results.

      Warmest regards,

      Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
      Originally Posted by Vanessa Miller View Post

      Sorry, but I am going to say time management works for certain type of people. There are people out there who procrastinate a lot. These kind of people will need a way to check the time to make sure he do each of today's goal in a certain length of time. Setting priority is too much work for some people. As long as I have list of today's goal, doesn't matter the priority, I just need to organize the time to complete it.
      Originally Posted by Vanessa Miller View Post

      Setting priority is too much work for some people.
      If a person views setting specific priorities and tasks for the day as too much work, then internet marketing is probably NOT for them.

      You make money online by working and giving value.

      If a person is too lazy to do the simple task such as knowing what they MUST get done, then nothing will help them.

      Their poor work ethic and lazy mentality will get the best of them.

      For example, if a person makes it their priority to become successful and make more money, then they will do things that will help them achieve that goal.

      They will read and learn new information, they will take action, they will do whatever it takes to succeed.

      They will NOT spend time surfing on Facebook for hours every day, watch television all day long, etc.

      I repeat, If your priorities are set, then time will take care of itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterKnight
    I am going to say something that will probably shock and surprise many of you today.

    Time Management Is A Waste Of Time.

    Reason being you cannot change or control how much time that you have.

    Every human being only has 24 hours inside of a given day.

    Therefore trying to manage the amount of time that you have is completely pointless.

    Instead, Focus On Your Priorities.
    It seems like these arguments against 'time management' concentrate on semantics and that misses the point. Like it's an 'aha' moment that you can't manage time in the literal sense.

    Most people associate time management with principles, habits, systems, methods and techniques to be more efficient about how they allocate their focus, effort and energy throughout the day to get better results. That subject can touch on things like psychology, habits, conditioning, tools, tips, hacks, systems and more, it's a deep topic in my view. It's a topic that's worth investing your time in, unless you're happy with the way things are.

    Just a general message of 'focus on your priorities' is of no help to people. After all, people suck at setting and following through on so-called priorities. Setting priorities is a subjective thing, what makes something a priority?

    There are so many ways people can lose sight by always prioritizing some business goal, while neglecting their health. Or by always focusing on some carrot, instead of enjoying the process. By going for quantity or speed and sacrificing quality. Or by being a slave to your 'priorities'. Or by adopting priorities that are really about trying to conform to expectations set by others. Or by always trying to respond to 'priorities' coming from the outside. And you can set daily priorities that seem 'important' and still find yourself going in the wrong direction in life.
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    • Profile picture of the author LoneWolfMuskoka
      Originally Posted by PeterKnight View Post

      It seems like these arguments against 'time management' concentrate on semantics and that misses the point. Like it's an 'aha' moment that you can't manage time in the literal sense.
      I agree. Time management is about managing how you use time. It does not in any way imply that you can get more of it, or slow it down. It deals with the hard fact that time is fixed for all of us. All we can do is work to make the most use of it as it goes by.

      So saying that you don't think time management is worth anything and you should be looking at productivity is like saying swimming isn't a great exercise, you should just move around in the pool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post

    Time Management Is A Waste Of Time.
    I kinda agree with this. For a long time, I tried planning my daily routine by dividing every task into timeframes but that never really worked. When I stopped worrying about managing my time minute by minute, and when I started making to-do lists and priority lists I became more productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Instead, Focus On Your Priorities.
    Focusing on your priorities is a form (or subset) of time management, so I'm not really understanding the point.

    Peter Knight hit the nail on the head. Time management is a deep subject, because how people manage their time also involves their value and belief systems. An example of this is a woman that I once had as a client because she was spending a lot of time on her business, but she wasn't generating any revenue.

    Initially, I thought her issue was that she had no business plan, had no prioritization list, no white board, etc. But it turned out that her issue was her mindset and how she perceived what was important and what had to be done first. Well, if you want to make money you have to sell something and she missed that point entirely.

    Effective time management can make a person and their business far more productive.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Time = Money. We all exchange them so...?
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    I used to have 'to do' lists as long as my arm for each and every day and would try and work out in advance how long they would take to do and so on. Spent more time messing about with the lists than anything and as soon as one thing was cleared I had another thing to add so the list never got smaller. In the end I'd get frustrated at the big list and just end up ignoring or deleting it.

    Now I work out the things I can do which will directly make me money that week and put them on a list and nothing else. My weekly to do list has just a handful of items on it and each thing I do either makes me money or puts me one step closer to making me money. I don't worry about all the smaller things that I used to so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    If I focus all my time on things I NEED to do, when will
    I complete the things I HAVE to do?
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  • Profile picture of the author Power Don
    This is a great thread. I've been using and teaching the 80/20 rule for years. Another thing I teach is from a motivational poster I saw in 1971. "When you're up to your ass in alligators, it is hard to remember that the main objective is to drain the swamp!" Meaning that it is too easy to get distracted from the most important task at hand. When we take of that, then the alligators will wander off. As usual, some real gems on this forum.
    To everyone's success!
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    • Profile picture of the author Freedom Media
      Malcolm - Great post as usual from you.
      Time management and priorities...a huge subject for sure.
      I don't think we can totally throw time management out the window and settle
      on priorities, because without managing your priorities into the time you have available for them you will not get anything done.
      Sometimes a long list of tasks/priorities can be so daunting that we procrastinate until we set a timer and say...for the next 30 minutes I am only going to work on this...you are still using a time management technique but using it on your 80/20 priorities.
      I have been following Steve Pavlina's Personal Accountability System
      A good way to set yearly/quarterly goals based on priorities that mean the most to your personal goals and do it in a time managed measurable, and efficient way.
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  • Profile picture of the author higherluv
    Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post


    Instead, Focus On Your Priorities.
    Really, that's what time management is. (At least that's what it's supposed to be.)

    Focusing on your priorities/passion is the solution to managing your time.

    I believe in what Deepak Chopra said when we increase our awareness time adjusts to us, not the other way around.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    The only time management/priority management system that works for me is to ensure I get to important tasks done each day. After that I do what I want to do. It's probably more akin to priority management and this is a tip Tim Ferriss sets out in the 4 Hour Work Week (the only tips I follow daily).
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Congrats to the OP with getting some attention. enjoy it while it lasts.

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      I like the sig Sal
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  • Profile picture of the author David Michael
    Or you could just hit the pause button and stop time.... oh wait not everyone has that technology yet. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author ymest
    I agree! Time management is for the corporate world :! They love this kind of giberrish! I much prefer the word focus! When you know what you want/ have to do, you don't need to manage the time! You just do it! End of! Lol
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Originally Posted by ymest View Post

      I agree! Time management is for the corporate world :! They love this kind of giberrish! I much prefer the word focus! When you know what you want/ have to do, you don't need to manage the time! You just do it! End of! Lol
      Problem is that too many people focus on the wrong things.

      Sal

      PS: It's not corporatespeak... people on here think that for some reason IM isn't business so they throw out any thing that remotely resembles having to run a business.

      Time management is a s relevant to IM as it is to the corporate world my friend.
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