The Two Dimensions of Time Management

Becoming proficient at managing your time is vital to your achieving great results. Time levels the playing the field for all; we all have the same 24 hours in a day. To a great extent, how each of us chooses to use those hours determines each of our results.

Understanding the two basic dimensions of time management can help you become better at maximizing your time.

1. The Present Moment

The first dimension of time management is the present moment. That is, how you choose to use the current moment.

Time management is “moment management”. At every moment, time is asking you, “how do you choose to use me?” Each moment is an opportunity to do something great.

This moment is what you’ve got. And when you use it productively, you’re managing your time effectively. But if you waste this moment, you’re mismanaging your time.

At every moment, you can stop and ask yourself if what you’re currently doing is the best use of your time. The more you can answer, “Yes”, the better you are at managing your time.

2. The Future Moments

Time management is also planning future moments. You have the ability to “contemplate” an ideal future and work toward it. Thus, you can plan a series of future moments so that you can reach your ideal future.

In other words, you don’t have to figure everything out on a moment-to-moment basis: you don’t have to fly by the seats of your pants. You plan your future moments to ensure that when you get there, you know exactly what you are supposed to do with that moment.

In fact, today, you can plan what you’re going to do a week, a month, a year from now.

The second dimension of time management is future moments (i.e. how you prepare for them).

3. The Dimensions Working Together

As you can imagine, maximizing the present moment and planning for future moments must work together.

In fact, when you plan a future moment, eventually that moment arrives, and you must perform what you planned, otherwise what was the point of planning that moment in the first place.

Of course, from time to time, you must adjust your plan. But, to manage your time effectively, this mustn’t be your modus operandi (mode of operation).

Perhaps a simple way to synthesize this is: “plan your work and work your plan”.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.