Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Can You Really Manage Time?


Can you really manage time?

First, let me ask you these questions: Can you control it? Can you speed it up? Can you slow it down? Can you reverse it?


Time management is a myth.

With the exception of Dr. Who, I don’t know of anyone who time travels. We are all given the same 24 hours in a day.

Years ago, my husband and I got our first dog together, Genie. Genie was a Labrador Retriever and anyone who knows labs, knows how rambunctious they are the first 2 years of their life.

Genie was no exception. Because we had no idea how to train this overly excited, curious and exuberant new addition to our family, Genie ran the house. I once realized that she was very quiet behind the couch and got up to discover she had pretty effectively dismembered and decapitated our daughter’s Barbie.

It was time to call in the troops. We found a highly recommended dog trainer and she came out to our house to train Genie. In short, we were doing everything wrong. We were letting her go out the door ahead of us. We were letting her run us.

The dog trainer came out to help us over two consecutive weekends and by the end of that training, she was able to take an entire tray of lasagna out of the refrigerator, put it on the floor and Genie would not touch it. After that, it was like we had an entirely new dog living with us.

But you want to know what I discovered from that time with the dog trainer?

Genie wasn’t the problem. She didn’t really train Genie. She trained us.

Let me say that again:

Genie wasn’t the problem. We were. We needed the training to be effective pack leaders.

Likewise, time cannot be managed. If you are having problems with getting things done, if you are having problems not reaching your desired goals, if you can’t find the time to do anything, it is not time’s fault.

It’s you.

So when someone writes a book on time management or sells you a course on time management, what they are really doing is giving your insight into how to manage YOU!

You need to learn to manage yourself so that the time you have is well spent. I’m sure you’ve heard the analogy that we all have the same number of hours in a day. It’s how we spend those 24 hours that makes a difference.

Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates — they all have the same number of hours in the day that you and I have. The difference is in how they choose to spend the hours they have.

Which do you think will yield better results? Watching television for an hour or reading a book on how to use social media for business?

Some people need a schedule to ensure they get everything done that they need to in order to succeed in managing their productivity.

What things can you do today to manage yourself more effectively?

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