Last week, I got on a bit of a soap box about how we shouldn’t limit “time management” to articles about the morning routines of famous people and the newest trendy planner.
From that foundation, I’d like to propose that we move away from “time management” as a term altogether and start talking about time leadership instead.
Why time leadership?
- Because we can’t control our time, but we have a lot more power than we think
- Because learning how to be leaders in how we channel our time is just as important and difficult as learning how to lead people well
- Because there are many different types of leaders and no single right answer
- Because “time management” brings us back into that old mindset of to-do lists and schedules (and we need to go deeper)
We’ve all learned geometry in school, but for some reason we are not taught how to think about and respond to the most limited, vital, and non-renewable resource in our lives. It’s tough to teach the things that ultimately matter most.
But if we can learn this type of leadership – if we can take ownership over how we spend our time, think deeply about it, and live a life we can look back on with gratitude rather than regret, what might change?
Next week, I’ll talk a little bit about the shame and helplessness we can feel when it comes to how we spend our time. I’ve learned so much by diving into this stuff, and I hope it is helpful for you too.