There is an interesting article that showed up yesterday on the New York Times News Service and was picked up by several papers. Or, more accurately, there was a decent article with one line that really caught my attention. It was a new line, but it is one that is a personal mantra of mine, so it really stuck out. The line is a quote from Edward T. Reilly, the president and chief executive of the American Management Association. “If someone has come to the conclusion that time management is important, but they don’t have time for it, they simply have come to the wrong conclusion,” he said. I couldn´t agree more.
I hear that all the time. One of the projects I work with clients on is a reading improvement program. Essentially, with a short session and just a little effort, people can improve their reading speed by 20-100% without sacrificing any comprehension. That kind of an improvement can free up a surprising amount of time for people who spend a lot of time reading (that´s most of us, whether we realize it or not). If I had a dollar for every time that someone said that it was a great idea but they were too busy to spare the three hours that the seminar takes, then I would be able to retire and never give another seminar again. It´s illogical.
It makes just as much sense (i.e. none at all) to feel you have not time to establish time management practices. It´s a terrible cliché, and I am cringing as I type it, but it is very true to say that you aren´t spending time on time management, you´re investing time now, and the return will be more time (and less stress) later on. Investing a little now for a major return later on is what business is all about.
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