Time Management is Attention Management = Self-Investment

Why is time management worth considering?

BIG BANG results in creation of time and space. 13.8 billion years ago according to the current cosmological model. 13,799,900 years later homo sapiens emerge on the planet. Another 99,700 years pass and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin start promoting the benefits of time management. That’s a lot of passing time before time management became important. There must be a connection between time, activity/productivity and modern human beings.

“Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.“ — Thomas Jefferson

Does this mean that ‘always doing’ results in more money? I think not as always doing is one of reasons so many benefit from developing time management skills.

We always doing. Thinking is doing. Feeling is doing. Doing is doing. We’re doing all the time, but is all of our doing getting us closer to our goals?

Time management helps us determine who and what gets our attention, so time management is, in effect, attention management. Where our attention is, is where we are. So, time management is really a process for helping us control our investment of us into projects, situations, relationships, space and time – you can’t have time without space and vice-a-versa.

How many years of life do you have left? One thing for certain, the number of years any of us has left is finite. Our time will come to an end.

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” – Mark Twain

The time we have is more valuable than land, wouldn’t you say? How many of us treat it that way? Most of us have been raised to believe land or money is more valuable than our time and attention. To recognize that it is our investment of our self (attention and awareness) that gives value to anything of interest to us is giant step toward managing our time, prioritizing our activities and attaining our goals.

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