BUT instead people are obsessed with time management.

Whatever you start doing, it works for a while, and then it stops working

When this happens, most people try another app or another technique. There are hundreds out there, from straightforward to-do lists to complicated services with dozens of features. It is its own genre of internet self-help, with countless blogs and videos about it. Most universities in the US and the UK offer time some form of time-management training.

Still, searching for a technique that works leaves many people frustrated, anxious and guilty – the opposite of the ‘stress-free productivity’ that time management is supposed to achieve.

What makes so many people frustrated with time management? And, is there a better way of dealing with time?

The problem with productivity

Pursuing productivity for its own sake is the reason why many people get frustrated with time-management tools

Pursuing productivity for its own sake is counter-productive. This self-imposed pressure is the reason why many people get frustrated with time-management tools.

When many people increase their productivity, they add more tasks to their workload and end up where they started!

This is a self-defeating strategy. Most people feel able to complete more tasks when they start using these tools, but they don’t bear in mind that they can’t keep increasing their productivity forever, and they commit to more and more. In a few weeks, they are more productive but still frustrated. “The real problem is that they are overworked, [it’s] not a time-management problem.”

Another consequence of uncritical productivity is that it often makes people lose track of their real motivations. This is a primary reason why these tools do not work for many people. Most of them rely on willpower to succeed – they are often written like a large list of don’ts – but “you are not really motivated by willpower as much as by your emotion.”

Why, then, is there an expectation to do more and more? 

Many professionals have to juggle multiple projects, as well as the demands of family and social life. It’s easy to drop the ball, “and if you screw up, you are the only person to blame.”

So, people feel unproductive, pick up a tool, use it successfully for a while, pile on more work, and feel unproductive again. What does it take to break that cycle?

One size does not fit all

Even when people have their priorities clear, finding the right time-management tool is tricky. These tools assume a lot of things about the environment where they are used and the individual personalities of people who use them.

The thing is, many of these tools are made by a very particular group of people: software developers. “We always want to solve a problem we have ourselves. And the most recurrent one is the daily mess we have in our own desk,”

AND because YOURMOTIVATION is different to MINE.


 ‘Take control of your life’

You are going to die – and this is a crucial fact for time management that is very often neglected

‘Take control of your life’ can sound like heavy advice, and it is: “Do I want this job? Do I leave my spouse? Do I want kids? They all are time-management questions.”

Life’s big questions aside, there are some early and SIMPLE STEPS anyone can make. And all of them are around motivation.

If you don’t have a real MOTIVATION. Believe me, willpower can´t make it all.It has an end.

  • The first one is asking yourself WHY are you doing what you are doing.
  • WHY do you WANT to achieve that GOAL?
  • WHAT DOES THAT GOALS MAKE YOU FEEL or BE? Forget about HAVE goals.What is really behind the HAVE GOALs….. always a BE or FEEL goal. FIND IT!
  • WHAT would you do if you didn’t care about what other would think?

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