There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books written about time management and how you can control the myriad of things you have to deal with on a day to day basis. With the continual growth of social media and instant messaging tools it is only going to increase until YOU decide to take back control of your life.
My acronym for TIME (Totally In My Expertise) is completely true, you have everything you need to regain control in every single area of your life; business, family, social, internet, etc. The simplest and easiest way of regaining your life and more time is actually just one word, in most cases, you just say No! that in itself will probably reduce some of the stress that being busy causes.
The challenge that most of us have is that we don?t like saying no, as we don’t want to upset people because we are idiopathic people pleasers. This propensity to keep everyone else happy means that pressure is applied to other areas of our lives and at the end of the day, the only people who really suffer are ourselves.
In Stephen Covey’s classic ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ he talks about priorities and in particular understanding our own priorities so that when it comes to making decisions we base them on our own values and not on other people’s values. A very similar system is taught in Ken Blanchard’s brilliant ‘The On-Time, On-Target Manager’ which points out that our priorities will change depending on the situation. For example a general doctors appointment might be low on the list of priorities until you suffer major health problems when it rockets up your list.
The biggest problem with most time management training is that you cannot learn how to manage time.. The clock will always tick. What you can manage is yourself, make the decision to do so because you have the ability and the expertise.