I had the opportunity to sit in on two of Heidi St. John’s sessions at the Teach Them Diligently conference this past weekend. And while I gleaned a lot of different things from both of them, one phrase she said in the time management session has etched itself forever in my memory:
“You don’t have a time management problem. You have a ME management problem.”
How often I want to blame being behind and disorganized on the lack of time, the overloaded schedule, or the alarm clock that failed to go off? I’ve got a dozen excuses, but very rarely do any of them involve ME.
A bad system is not the problem.
An unreliable clock is not the problem.
A too-full schedule is not the problem.
I am the problem.
That’s bad news, but it’s also good news. You know why? Because if I’m the problem that means I’m also the solution.
Fixing my time management issues doesn’t start with a new system, a better clock, or a less-full schedule. It starts with me.
Once I own that I am the problem, I can then begin implementing a solution.