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Fifth Time Management Generation
The authors of the bestsellers about the time management Dr. Stephen Covey together with Roger Merrill and Rebecca Merrill described four generations of time management. I will sum them up below in my own wording adding the fifth generation description.
Ok, I should confess that time is not exactly like a person. However, it is still is more like a person rather than a thing. In any case, we should understand the time nature before "managing" "him" exactly like we should understand the character of our boss before "managing" her/him.
- 1. Never forget.
- If you think that you should do it, then write or enter it into a to-do list. After this do not forget to look at the to-do list and have sufficient patience to read through the endless to-do items only to find that you nevertheless have forgotten some important things and did numerous unimportant ones.
- 2. Plan your time in advance
- and discover that too often you cannot foresee the future, unfortunately.
- 3. Get more done in less time
- Not bad. The only problem is that more steps in the wrong direction is worse than no steps at all.
- 4. Manage time dynamically, putting first things first (Covey).
- Good approach. You are flexible. If something happens, you may always change your plans aligning them to your first things. You always move in the right direction. Your to-do list is short and manageable because you write down only important things and only for the nearest future.
Why do then many people believe and feel that to manage time is a hard, boring and may be not worth it? Are they wrong? I do not think so. The problem is that you cannot manage time in traditional sense. Time is more like a person than a thing. Moreover, it is more like your boss. Can you manage your boss? To some extent yes, but only indirectly, building relationships with her/him. The same is true about time and this is last "fifth element" in the time management that as far as I know never was properly discussed before.
- 5. Manage Time as you would manage your boss building relationships with him.
- Exactly as in Luc Besson's movie, the "fifth element" is the love. As Lewis Carroll wrote about Time "if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you like with the clock."
The next chapter will discuss the nature of time and the role of Time in time management.
«"If you knew Time as well as I do" said the Hatter, "you wouldn't talk about wasting it. It's him... Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you like with the clock."» (Lewis Carroll)
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