“Priority management is the answer to maximizing our time “–John c Maxwell
For most of us, pressing need is how to manage time. Even though there are best seller book and training session on time management with many formats, techniques, they help to some extend on awareness creation only. Those external driven factors may not be much more effective as time management is more of “Internal driven”. It is not managing time, it is about managing your temptation and emotions.
For instance, If someone offers you a choice to get one cheque with valued Rs 1000 and another Rs 2000. Obviously, most of us choose Rs 2000 cheque. In case, if it comes with a choice that Rs 1000 could be cashed tomorrow and Rs 2000 could be cashed after a year, would your decision remain same? Most of us in a real experiment would decide to take Rs 1000, despite the fact that the second option is a rationally better choice.
This example demonstrates the temptation kicks in when immediate benefit is present, we tend to take irrational decision.Our ability to take good decision disappears when we see, short term benefits.The same is applicable when we prioritize our IMPORTANT and URGENT work. We know very clearly what is important for us in terms of growth and strive for doing important things.When short term, immediate benefits come across our way like emails, meeting, phone calls, entertainments, we become sensitive to urgent and lose the focus on Important aspects.The attraction of small, short term pleasure outweighs the big, long term, hard activities.
When we learn to manage those temptations or emotion, we become master of time management. Be aware of your emotions!