10 Global Time Management Pitfalls and Their Cure

10 Global Time Management Pitfalls and Their Cure

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.”

~Harvey MacKay

Time is and always has been our most precious commodity. Unfortunately from the looks of the global economy it is very apparent that time is being taken very much for granted more so than ever before.

The interesting thing about human nature is that no matter which part of the world we live in we tend to waste time in a very similar way. It almost seems like a conspiracy really.

10 Biggest Time Management Pitfalls


1. Work-Home Commute. In every major city in the world there are people traveling over an hour to reach their work destination from home. Huge waste of time that could be used working or spent with family. Huge waste of money on gas and cars. Huge impact on environment by emitting green-house gases and other pollutants.

  • Solution: Live closer to work, you might even save money if you take all factors into account. Alternatively, you can now find an abundance of work online, so consider making that switch.

2. Buying Ridiculous Items. We’re working long hours, hours that could be spent with family, but we’re using that money to buy ridiculous things. Huge houses we could get lost in, expensive dresses we only wear to one party, platinum spoons with diamond handles, and television sets bigger than the walls of most houses.

  • Solution: Spend conservatively on the essentials, work less, and spend more time with family.

3. Mind-Numbing Television. The world sits hypnotized in front of the television screens for hours each day. Is the information that’s going into the human brain through movies, main-stream media, and the gossip of real T.V. really that beneficial for us?

  • Solution: Unplug and spend prime time doing activities that nourish our souls, pursue our dreams, and once again spend time with our favorite people.

4. Entertaining Bad Company. There really isn’t any excuse for subjecting ourselves to the company of people who are bringing us down in life. The type of energy vampires who suck the life, vitality, optimism and dreams right out of us with constant complaining, as well as their input on why life sucks and you’re going to fail.

  • Solution: Get rid of them. The world is full of amazing people, I’ve seen a bunch. Surround yourself with the best people in the world, and keep them close.

5. Holding The Grudge. You do know that while you’re staying awake at night, being mad at how terrible someone is for the way that they wronged poor little old you, they are enjoying a good night’s rest, right? Take a moment to think about that.

  • Solution: Thought about it? Did you think about just letting the grudge go?

6. The Lack of Presence. Ever notice that while you’re supposed to be paying attention your mind wanders to something else? When you get to that something else your mind wanders to the next thing? When you’re living in this state of future, you aren’t giving your 100% to what you are doing. You are constantly wasting the time away.

  • Solution: Give your 110% to whatever you are currently undertaking. If whatever is at hand is not worth your 110% than that’s a sign that you should drop it and pursue what’s real for you.

7. No Vision To Strive For. Are you living your life lost without a major goal or life plan? If that’s the case you’re probably finding that you spend your days drifting, like in The Graduate, instead of working hard to accomplish what’s important.

  • Solution: Spend some time on planning what you want out of life. This investment will be priceless once you get focused and on point.

8. No Experience of Pleasure. Are you using all of your time for work, work, work? If so, you’re missing out on the point of life, which is to experience all the pleasures that were created for you to experience.

9. Sleeping Too Much. There really is a thing known as sleeping too much. Six-eight hours is plenty for most people, but they get more than what’s necessary. The reasons could be a lack of health, over-eating, drugs, depression, etc.

  • Solution: Have a real purpose in life. This will get you off the drugs and depression. Eat small portions of non-greasy, plant-based whole foods- this will fill you with vitality.

10. Not Being Valuable. The biggest waste of time and oxygen that you can be is not being a valuable person. Not valuable to yourself, to your family, to society, and to the planet.

  • Solution: By the time your time expires, make sure you can answer how you’ve left this world a better place than you got it.

Focus On The Goal

I might be stepping over my boundary here, but I was under the assumption that work was mainly to provide the means to support and spend more time with our beloved families. I believe that if we keep that goal in mind we will not only free up our time, but increase our happiness like killing two birds with one stone.

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
~Jim Rohn

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Posted by in Personal Development, Time Management | March 25, 2008 | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumble | Print | 18 comments

  • http://www.pixelheadonline.com/blog/ Adam Donkus

    I need to do a post on “how do I spend my time”, which is over due.
    I like number 3 the best.

  • http://7pproductions.com/blog Al at 7P

    Great article Alex! I really like how you not only point out the problem, but also a solution for them as well.

    I think wasting time is analogous to wasting money. If I have more money than I can spend, then I can spend it without any regards. However, if I have a very limited amount of money, then carelessly spending it on things that don’t benefit either me or those who I care about is frivolous.

    This is a fantastic list and, as advertised, it’s global and does a great job of covering the different areas where we waste time.

  • http://www.reason4smile.com Robert @ reason4smile

    Great article, Alex!
    Here is a quote I got from Robin Sharma…
    When you were born, you were crying while the world rejoice. Make sure that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.
    Spend our limited time in this world to be the best we can be =)

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Robert

  • http://www.stanleybronstein.com Mr Positioning (Stanley Bronstein)

    Personally, I think the largest time waster is the work / home commute.

    That is something that is going to have to change in our society. As gasoline becomes more expensive and we require more productivity from workers, we are going to have to find a way to work from our homes or at least work while we’re on the road.

    When you say, live closer to your work, that is not always an option. Many mid-size companies office near the homes of the management / owners. Unfortunately, since the management / owners tend to be made more than the workers, the workers may not be able to afford to live near the work.

    I know I’ve lost more than one good employee as a result of this. My solution has been to start allowing my employees to work from home a little bit. Maybe 1 or 2 days a week. It reduces stress and makes them want to keep working for me.

    Mr. Positioning
    Stanley F. Bronstein
    Attorney, CPA, Author and Professional Motivational Speaker

  • http://www.knowtheledge.org Know The Ledge

    I agree that work/home commute is the biggest offender, and we recently moved very close to work. I went from an hour and half commute to a 10-15 minute commute max. It’s grand.

  • Shilpan | successsoul.com

    Alex,

    Another time related problem is not keeping track of

    1) How much time am I spending on activities that lead me towards my short/long term goals
    2) What activities are leading me away from reaching my short/long term goals
    3) make commitment to focus more on 1 and defocus on 2.

    Shilpan

  • L.Vazquez

    Number 5 rings true. In fact, I’m glad someone else has brought this up. I have a hard time on negative dwelling, and I’ve thought to myself plenty of times, “I bet they’re not at home right now thinking about all of this… they’re probably enjoying their weekend.”

  • http://www.smude.com Chris Smude

    Thanks so much for this post…outstanding.

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  • http://www.abundancehighway.com Suzie Cheel

    I love No 6.
    Something I am working on and find it often a challenge to not get distracted by some of those bright shiny objects that float around my computer screen. i have just ventured off on one of those from you last post on Meditation- it;s okay well worthwhile.

    A question a friend of mine says I should ask more often to stay on track is- How does this move me towards my ideal situation. another is will this make me money today?

    Thanks for your questioning posts.

  • KC

    Thanks for the good ideas here.

    In response to your final point, I agree that work does tend to dominate people’s lives inappropriately, however I would feel pretty unfulfilled if I worked only (or even mostly) to make money to support my family.

    I choose work that stimulates my mind, allows me to contribute to society/improve the lives of others and fulfills me in other ways. Having an interesting, meaningful job actually makes me more enjoyable for my family and friends to be around when I come home.

    Balance is the key: work and life.

  • http://egoassassin.com Dave

    Could not have been put better. Great post. Who is this anyways? Alex Shalman? Right on man.
    Tell it like it is.

  • http://www.marcandangel.com Marc and Angel

    Great advice Alex! I’ll be linking to this post in the near future. ;-)

    • http://www.alexshalman.com Alex Shalman

      That’s nice of you, thanks!

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  • http://www.memytime.wordpress.com Nicolas

    This is a nice collection of a few very basic tips on time management. I have been collecting about 200 concrete tips on how to save and to gain an extra hour every day.

    http://www.memytime.wordpress.com

    It keep updating every day and keep searching for new ideas.

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