Posted by: Madhavi CN | November 28, 2010

Time Management (Part 2) – Time Capsule Revisited

24 Hours – Sometimes Too Much, Sometimes Too Little

Despite the fact that all have the same number of hours, each of us responds to this quantity in a number of ways. It would be appropriate if we refer time as the most elastic fact. The quantity of time gets apparently changed based on the activity and/or emotions we are involved in. In ‘Time Management’ we are not learning to manage time but actually mastering the management of our activities and emotions. 

The activities are managed on a daily basis to the minutest detail that we find this initial deliberate activity becoming a natural one at a later stage. The state of mastery happens when the activities are prioritized, planned and performed spontaneously.

Emotions are trickier to master. If we eliminate them completely we may be called cold and unemotional; if we are choosy, we are certainly rebuked for our misplaced emotions; and the worst of all is when we give a free ride to all emotions – it is a pain to us as well as the people around. The solution to manage them is in the Gita: let the emotions come and go, merely observe them but do not participate with them.   

Time Managers are not born, they are made

There are many ‘time-keepers’ (spouse, boss, friends, parents and ourselves) but very few ‘time managers’.  Being a time-keeper is easy but being a time-manager is not only tough but it is a lifelong commitment. Time management is a skill that involves some learning, a lot of practice and 100% dedication. To start with, it is about making a choice!

Time has future returns

Just like money, time can be invested in to give valuable returns in the future. Deciding which P.I.P  -People. Idea, Project (activity) to invest in has an everlasting effect on your time and the returns on it. Some people and activities are high-maintenance and it is better to identify these energy (read time) sappers in the early stages rather than sprint along with the burdens. Some offer better and at times faster returns than the others. You need to be vigilant to clinch them. It is about cutting on the bulk, getting rid of the clutter, detoxifying the mind and staying blithe to keep up the pace and smelling the breeze while running the race. The game is almost won if you know the game of your opponent!

Too much analysis is paralysis

Analysis helps in building the strategy, negotiating and coming out with the best solution to a problem. But if done beyond the permissible range, it becomes counterproductive. So if you are spending too much time in ‘expecting’ the possibilities and developing the solutions rather than taking the plunge, then it is time to wake-up for some action.

Pessimism puts pressure on time

If looking for reasons for failure is ‘analysis,’ looking for failure is pessimism! While making any investment, if there is a constant foreboding that it is bound to fail, it would fail. If you expect people to fail you, they will. This is the universal law of belief.

 Get it done: Allot time, set the goal

If anything needs to be done, it has to be scheduled against many mini goals. Goal setting is a potential exercise that ensures the success of our efforts. Split the project into tasks and set timelines and expected results for each task; put it on paper, do not limit this to your brain. Start working on those and closely monitor the progress.



  1. Well said on this one : Time has future returns, except we can never get back time in the form of time . It is one thing to drive the time than time drive us. As of now I am running with it. How do we make the U-turn

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