My opinion on time management is relatively different than that of most writers and other experts. I am all for using whatever means work for you, and I am all for working on procrastination and laziness and all of the other stuff usually discussed in reports on how to properly manage your time. But, I think that until you face the fears of holding your time issues, you will never be able to handle your time well. That may be a different idea for you to think about, so I will walk you through some of it in this piece.
Many people find themselves caught in fear while trying to manage their time because they focus on the small tasks and never get to the big ones. How could anxiousness and fear be working here? Perhaps the individual is scared that they will not be able to do the important tasks. Maybe they are scared of failure or even of success. Please note that we are aware of some of our fears, and other sorts of stay in our subconsciousness – they are not immediately recognizable to us, but they are functioning nonetheless.
Another common time management issue is procrastination. The same sorts of fears may be happening here. Sometimes individuals are scared of what they will have to do when they finish the thing they are presently procrastinating about. For others, many distinct things could be happening.
Usually, it is much more complicated than it seems, and it takes some digging to find out what you are terrified of. For example, I have an untidy desk, and everything I read says that I will be more productive and have more time if I operate with a clean and neat desk. First, note that I am not convinced personally that the latter part of this statement is correct. That could be a reason for my procrastination. Next, if I tidy up my desk, I am scared I will have to keep it clean, and I hate doing that – but wait, that isn’t the real cause I am afraid. Let’s look a little more deeper. If I clean my desk, I will have to be properly organized – is that the actual fear? Apparently not. If I have a tidy desk and have more time, that means I may have to do more work, and I am scared I may not be ready to do that – now we are getting somewhere. If I am scared I may not be able to do more work, what does that mean – am I scared I might fail at something? Here we go. Now I have a real concern I can begin to discuss.
I need to describe my fear and later face it. By working through my fear, I can find ways to deal with it and then get on with doing what I need to do and handling my time better.