Time is life. To waste your time is to waste your life. That doesn't mean every moment has to be spent in a flurry of activity. But it does mean you want to have control over your time, whether it's spent working, resting, in leisure, in social or spiritual activity. Do you avoid learning about time management because you're afraid you'll become some kind of a time nut? Let me tell you what time management is not trying to accomplish.
Time management is not trying to turn you into an overly organized person: the kind of person who spends all his time making lists, updating lists, losing lists! When asked to do something he spends all his time considering all the details of the task. He is more interested in feeling organized than in actually accomplishing anything. He might be so concerned about being well-organized that he misses opportunities, changes and the needs of others.
Time management is also not trying to turn you into an overachiever. She's the one who is so busy doing things that she doesn't take time to evaluate whether these activities have any real value. She may even be very efficient, but she fills every spare moment with busyness and has no time to relax!
Time management is not trying to make you overly preoccupied with time. This person makes himself and everyone else nervous about wasting a single minute. If a meeting starts two minutes late, he is furious. He keeps detailed records of everything he does in a day. He even knows how to save six minutes getting ready in the morning. He will probably drive everyone around him crazy!
Each of these three scenarios describes a valuable characteristic of time management that's been taken to an undesirable extreme. Time management simply means giving yourself tools to help you spend your time more meaningfully. So, relax and just enjoy managing your time!
Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.