Time Management or Life Management

| June 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Time Management or Life Management


We all complain about not having enough time. People talk about how fast time goes and there is not enough time to get anything done. Fact is you can not manage time, but you can learn to manage life around the time you have. That is known as “Life Management.”

In John Maxwell‘s book, “Leadership Gold,” a suitcase is used as an analogy of time. We all start each day with the same size and shape of case. Some people are able to pack more in the case than others.


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They have learned what to pack and how to pack it.


Manage Time?

It is impossible to actually manage time. You can not take 3 or 4 minutes from one day and add it to another day. That is impossible. It does not matter what you do in a set of 24 hours, you will never be able to take some of that time and add it to another set of 24 hours. However, you can learn management of self.

Successful Leaders Make Good Use of The Time They Have

“Nothing else distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.”—Peter Drucker


“The Early Bird Gets the Worm” was told to me many times over by my parents. They stressed the importance of getting up early and accomplishing goals each day. We are fresh in the morning after a good nights rest and our brains are ready to think and produce.

Successful people have learned to use their time more wisely than unsuccessful people have. They have learned the knack of Life Management.


Choices of Life Management

Everyone has choices of how they want to use their time.

Here is a list of choices for success or not:

  • television programs vs. reading a book on self development
  • sleeping in vs. working out early in the day
  • video games vs. quality activities that lead to productivity
  • begin a project, then move on to another vs. begin a project and see it through to the end before beginning a new one


The list above are taken from choices I have made in my life to help me on my personal development path. Each day I make one good choice rather than a poor choice is one more step to improving who I am as a person. Good choices help build better character.

At the school where I teach we stress good character to the students on a daily basis. Integrity is when you work on something worthwhile even when someone is not around to watch. When you have learned to be successful with Life Management even when there is no one to impress, then you are building a good foundation to become a good leader and role model.


Questions to ask yourself on your path to improving your life management skills

  1. Do you know what you do with your time?
  2. What have you accomplished at the end of each day?
  3. Are you accomplishing the best use of your time?
  4. Are your actions each day creating positive effects?


College and Family – Life Management Skills

In 1990 I went back to college. I had five children ages 3-11.

This was a hard transition for my family. My husband was military and I had the opportunity of being a stay at home mother. The children were used to me being a devoted mother and house keeper.

A scholarship was granted to me in the music department, but to take the scholarship I had to march in the marching band. Not only was I in school full time, but I had the marching band that took up the weekends as well.

The scholarship was good for providing the money for school. To supplement books and living I also applied for a government grant. Along with the grant came work study. So now I was in school full time, working part time, marching full time in the band, and raising a family. Management of life became imperitive. It took me three years to complete my education and graduate into the teaching profession. The second year of school brought a divorce from my husband. The use of my time became even more critical for the welfare of my family.

My favorite phrase during those years:

Time is my greatest asset!

I valued my time over my money. I had no money then – I had valuable time. Every minute of time needed to be productive so I could budget quality of time for my children. That was a very valuable learning curve for me that has helped me throughout my life.

Charles Spezzano said:

“You don’t really pay for things with money, you pay for them with time.”

Great Leaders lead By Example

Make your time worthwhile and create positive returns for your efforts. Great leaders lead by example – don’t teach followers to squander their time by example.

Take control of what you do with your time. There are friends and family around you who will want to dictate to you how to use your time.

Carl Sandburg (poet) said:

“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”


In John Maxwell’s book “Leadership Gold” he says:”

“—early in my career I allowed others to influence how I spent that ‘coin.’ As a result, I was fulfilling others’ expectations instead of doing what I was gifted to do!

As a leader, I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact. Don’t you? My leadership went to a new level when I focused more on fulfilling my vision than fulfilling other’s expectations. I believe I have been put on earth to do some specific things. I can’t do those if I’m trying to be what others want me to be – and doing a poor job of it at that. I need to make my own unique contribution. No one else can do that for me.”


Time is Valuable. Life Management is Valuable.

Essayist Henry David Thoreau wrote,

“It is not enough to be busy. The question is, ‘What are we busy about.’”


John Maxwell wrote a three step formula for recognizing how important a task may or may not be to help manage himself better. That formula is written out on page 117, chapter 13 in his book, “Leadership Gold.” The book is worth taking the time to read, study, ponder and put into practice.

“Life management begins with an awareness of time and of the choices we should make to be a good steward of it.”—John Maxwell


Learn to manage yourself more efficiently and effectively. Good quality of life for yourself and your family depend on it.






Time Management or Life Management


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  1. Miemie says:

    Wow! Great to find a post knckiong my socks off!

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