Why Time Management Doesn’t Work

We are all searching for ways to find more time.  But do you ever get frustrated that it doesn’t seem to work.  That as soon as you have put a new time management technique into place, you seem to get that little boost to your day, only to have it disappear just as suddenly?

Ever wonder why?  There is a simple reason.  Most of us think of time in a line, minute comes after minute, hour after hour.

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Most people conceive time in a linear fashion, like a time line.

But what if you could think of time as something that expands or contracts.  What if you could think of time as something that gets bigger and gets smaller? Like a rubberband.

Don't think of time in a linear way, think of it as something that can expand and contract.

Don’t think of time in a linear way, think of it as something that can expand and contract.

 

So when we improve the way we use time (personally I don’t think you can manage time), we stretch the rubber band out.  We expand it time, we ‘create’ time from our list of to dos.

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Time normally, non expanded.

And, when we implement a new way to use or leverage our time, we expand the amount of time we have left over, like stretching the rubberband.

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Expanding time is like stretching a rubber band.

The reason why our efforts to improve our time management skills only briefly work?  Because we don’t have anything in place to hold the expanded time, we let it collapse.  And any good rubber band, will just snap right back in place.  Sometimes painfully.

Without something to hold the expansion of time, time will contract as quickly as you expanded it.

Without something to hold the expansion of time, time will contract as quickly as you expanded it.

Simple enough?  So the real question is, how to we leverage the expanded time to our advantage?  Simple, you put something in place to hold it.

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When you expand time, you need a way to keep it expanded.

Most of us stop at just trying to get more time.  The key is to have a plan for the time you will create, before you create it.  When you have a plan, even when you just plan to give it an empty container, that is when you make all of those time management techniques work for you.  That is when you can start to leverage your time.

When I start to work with my clients, the first course of action we take is to develop their 90-Day Success Creation Plan, but the second step we take is to create and expand their time.  What we put into the container comes from the 90-Day Success Creation Plan and is completely based upon my client.  So imagine, what would you put into your container?

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Comments

  1. says

    What an awesome post Leslie! A great way to look at time management and apply it…I’m so visual and I love the idea of creating the space and keeping it expanded. Keep up the great work as I know you are a master at time management and getting things done!

    • Leslie says

      Thanks Maribel! I’m so visual too – I think most women entrepreneurs are! I love that you got it! Thanks for the comment!

    • Leslie says

      The cool thing is you can use a time block to create a container, once your create & expand time. As you go back and forth between creating time and put a container in to hold it again and again, the container gets larger and larger. We use a time block system that helps to define the containers – maybe that will be a post soon. Plus we have a bootcamp coming out next week that will help with that as well!

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. says

    Love this article, Leslie! Thank you! The idea of time being like a runner band makes so much sense to me. I often experience time expanding but I’ve never stopped to think consciously about how I am expanding it, and what I am doing to expand or contract it. Very thought provoking. Thank you!

    • Leslie says

      Thanks Michele – that is exactly what I want to do – challenge how we look at time so that we can use to our advantage.

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