For some of us, time management is a significant issue and is one more piece of a pattern that undermines self-confidence.
Over the years, it can contribute to feelings of low self-worth, anxiety and depression. Overwhelmed by chronic frustration caused by our own unreliability, some people even give up trying. We isolate from friends and family, leave good jobs that feel too demanding, and generally lower our own expectations of ourselves.
In Parts I & II of this series we talked about time estimation and time blindness. I offered some tools you can use to improve the former and overcome the latter.
And today I promised to tell you about the one thing you need to master for effective time management.
First, a question. If all of us have the same amount of time--24 hours in a day—how do some people seem to be able to pack so much more into that time? Like…
Does time seem to slip through your fingers?
“I’ll just check Facebook real quick,” you say to yourself, and two hours later you realize you haven’t moved from your chair. You’ve read scores of posts, plus the comments, clicked the related links, etc.
You didn’t mean to spend so much time doing it, but you were just oblivious to the time passing. (And yes, I’m attuned to the irony that you might be reading this on Facebook. Keep in mind, the issue is not the platform, but the time you spend on it.
This is time blindness.
And it is commonly seen in those of us with ADHD or under-developed executive function skills.
Why is time blindness a concern?
Because knowing what time it is now, how quickly time is passing, and especially knowing how much time is remaining while you’re involved in a task are three critical pieces of time management.
First it helps to understand what Ari Tuckman, Psy.D. calls the time horizon. As he puts it,...
This week I’ll be covering the topic of time management. It’s a big topic that a lot of people struggle with.
For starters, how good are you at time estimation?
Do you find your projects take longer than you expect or that you are often late for appointments?
You’re not alone.
“There is never enough time or money; this much we all know,” according to a New York Times article. The next line is where it gets really interesting:
“Yet a new study finds that when people estimate how much of each they will have in the future, they are consistently more likely to overestimate their time than their dollars.”
BINGO. People are significantly WORSE at guessing how much TIME they’ll need for something than how much MONEY they’ll need.
I know this to be true from my own experience working with people. I regularly hear from people who struggle with time management overall, and time estimation in particular.
However, here’s where it gets...