Before I go more thoroughly into the subject of time management, it is necessary to consider certain aspects of the problem first. What is time management? Why do I think it is important to be able to manage my time? Is it really a problem? These are some of the questions I will attempt to answer before proceeding to the main body of opinion on this subject. I intend to only include people in a situation similar to my own, i.e. a relatively free society which guarantees some basic needs.
First of all, the concept of time management itself is not a very complex one, it is simply to be able to do whatever you deliberately choose to do with your time. The key word here is “deliberately”, meaning that consciously decide how to spend your time. I think that the inate and default approach to this subject is a process highly subconscious, which give rise to part of what makes it a problem.
What then is the scope of the time manageable to us? 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year for the entirety of our lives. It really is as simple as that. Do not fall in to the trap of believing that you only have a couple of hours per day available, because in most cases this is an illusion. Your rarely forced to do anything, apart from eating and sleeping. Most people also have to do some kind of work to be able to afford those basic human needs. Even if the social and economical situation of most people makes it impractical (or indeed impossible in the long run) to avoid earning money, it still is a choice. To many people in the western world, there is also the choice of how much money to spend; this is also necessary to take into consideration. More on that topic in another article.
Now we need to assess our goals of time management more firmly. The objective here is not to create some kind of schedule under which you will be able to control your life, but would nott enjoy it very much. I believe the very task of following such a schedule of ones own free will to be undoable in most cases anyway, so I wouldn’t bother. Neither is the objective to increase the amount of useful things you do in a day. Notice I have not yet said anything in particular about what you should do with your time, neither will I, because that is none of my business. No, the goal is to be able to do what you want, whatever that may be. I might say that the goal is also to eliminate thing you do not want to do.
To summarise: Time management is about being able to do what you want with the time available. It involves dissecting the entire day/week/year and examine each part and decide whether you are satisfied with it or not. The idea is to be conscious of how you spend your time and be satisfied with it. If that involves idle surfing an hour a day, so be it, but you should choose doing it because you want to, not just because it is an old habit you cannot get rid off.
In coming articles my endeavours will aim at explaining these things more clearly, how to be able to perform them and various loose thoughts on the subject of time in it is very practical and real sense. Stay tuned.