A paradox is something that sounds strange but is true…nkan be as is said in Yoruba land in Nigeria. In the case of time, there are quite a bit of paradoxical facts about it. Brian Tracy muses that, ‘time management is a vehicle to take you from wherever you are to wherever you want to go.’
With that in mind, here are some sobering facts about time:
- Everyone is getting older by the second. Time waits for no one;
- An often inevitable way to be late is to have plenty time;
- Time is indispensable…every action requires time;
- Time is perishable, you cannot save it;
- Time is consumable, you can only spend it;
- Time is irreplaceable, you can never bring back time;
- Time is sufficient…you have all the time you need. It depends on how you use it;
- You cannot manage time, you can only manage yourself;
- Generally, only about 20% of what you do daily accounts for 80% of the value for that day.
As Shakespeare says...’better three hours too soon than one minute too late.’ Every second counts – in life, one tenth of a second could be the difference between success and failure. In the Women’s 100m final race – Barcelona 1992, the difference between the winner and 5th position was 0.05 seconds.
Ultimately, time management is life management. As we say in Nigeria, time na money…if you waste time, you squander money. Time wasted is opportunity wasted. So, schedule your priorities not your preferences and make adjustments for interruptions. As a colleague put it, ‘there’s no need catching butterflies when there’s a hippopotamus in the room.’ Identify your most productive time then do your most productive tasks at that time. Be strong to say no and let your money work for you as applicable to free up some time for more important tasks.
The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, it is to schedule your priorities.
So help even me!
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