The Best Time Management System Is Not Managing Time

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Hey my fellow Productive Catholics, in this article I want to talk about something super important. I was reminded of it over the last two weeks because of an interruption in my schedule that occurred and threw everything off. We are going to be talking about the best time management system that hardly anyone ever uses.

Are you ready? Alright let’s go!

Effective time management is not about managing time

Now this might come as a shock to you, but if you want to have more time and you want to be able to be much, much more productive you need to learn to stop managing your time. That’s right, if you truly live life for a purpose you have to stop seeing time as something that you can segment into little chunks and magically you’ll start delivering more value to the world.

What truly makes you effective, and what is really the best time management system, is having a purpose for your time and adding as much value as possible for every thing that you are doing.

Earlier this week I got called in for jury duty. Normally I don’t get selected so it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. Well, God had other plans…

Well I’ve been enjoying the life of an entrepreneur and having most of my day allocated in the way that I wanted to be, I no longer have that luxury. You know the feeling you have when you have something planned out and all of a sudden everything changes you have no idea what to do? Yeah, that’s how I felt.

No more polyphasic sleeping, no more podcasts whenever I want, no more lunches with potential clients – everything is jury duty.

Oh well…

Getting back on topic, I recently bought a $2000 course on how to better run my business and one of the things that struck me was that the best time management system that you can have does not truly revolve around time but in what you do within a certain time period.

The idea is to really pack in priority and value adding tasks into the time that you have. These are things that actually bring profit to your Catholic business, add more people to your network, position your Catholic business as an authority, and so on. Essentially the best time management system is focusing heavily on those things in the beginning of your day, or at least the first blocks of time that you have, that either bring in revenue or grow your organization or brand.

It’s very easy to do things that seem like they are productive but really aren’t. I’m guilty of it too.

I tweet people on twitter, reorganize my files and folders on my computer, and do a whole bunch of other things that seem like they are adding value to my business and other people but really aren’t.

The best time management system is focusing on adding value in short bursts

So now that I have jury duty, the 12+ hours that I originally had during my day has turned into 2 to 4 hours. Within that short amount of time my primary focus is finishing up a book that is going to position me as an authority in marketing automation and small business, blogging as much as possible every day, and setting up email marketing campaigns for my existing businesses. All of these make money either in the long-term or short-term.

If these things don’t get done, my business is toast. If these don’t happen first thing they won’t happen at all. They won’t happen, because as the day goes on it’s much, much easier to procrastinate. That’s why the best time management system is not about neatly organizing your hours in the day, but really packing in the most productive and valuable stuff as soon as possible.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. For example you can reach out to someone that you see is an authority and asked to take them out to lunch. You could start creating a new iPhone app that you plan to sell and work on that for 30 minutes a day. You could also start writing a book for an hour every morning (if you did this for 30 days straight and focused on creating 1000 words every day, you could have a book written in a month).

The point is that if you want to know the best time management system, it’s producing something of value in the short amount of time that you have.

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