Time Management, A Zero-Sum Game

You begin every day with 24 hours, and at the end of each day, you have zero hours left. It’s the same every day, for everyone.

From one person to the next, the only difference is what each has decided to do with their 24 hours: how each has chosen to manage their time. And the way each manages their time determines the results they got from that time.

One decides to study while the other chooses to watch TV. One learns to invest their money in the stock market while the other is spending money at the mall with her friends. Everyone decides how they use their time.

Every day, you use up all your 24 hours doing something. You use it all. You can store anything for the next day. You must use all of it. And the way you use it determines the results you get. Now to change your results, you must change the way you use up your 24 hours.

In fact, if you aspire to achieve great goals, you’re going to have to throw in a couple of “great goal” activities in your schedule. To improve the results you’re getting, you must improve the activities you’re investing your time and energy in.

Here’s the deal. Since you’re already using your entire 24 hours bank, it means that, if you want to add new activities (i.e., “great goal” activities) to your schedule, you must remove old ones. To make room for the new, you must remove the old.

The question is: Which activities are you willing to let go off? Are you going to sacrifice hours with your kids? Or a few hours of sleep? Or your favorite TV show? Or “Friday nights at the pub”? Or you may be able to recuperate some of your daydream time?

What is it going to be? It’s your decision; you’re responsible for managing your time.

Bear in mind; the trade-off may only be temporary. In fact, you may remove specific activities just during the period you’re consecrating to pursuing a particular great goal.

For example, you may remove all your “Friday nights at the pub” and stop watching all your favorite TV shows for six months so that you would have enough time to complete the first draft of your novel. Once you finish your draft, you may decide to resume those activities. Or maybe not.

Depending on your goals, you may need long-term measures, i.e., you may have to drop activities altogether. Those activities may have served you in a previous season of your life, but in this new season of your life, the time may have come to let them go.

When you wake up tomorrow morning, you’ll look back on today and will have used your 24 hours. Will you have used them for the right activities?

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.