Why Time Management Almost Always Fails For People…

Many of you know I don’t use the words “time management.” Those words are forbidden in my talks because… number one it’s a misleading lie. The words time management make people think they will be or are in control of their time. They are not. We can not control time. We CAN control or choices about time. We CAN control our bodies (to some degree) across a span of time like our workday.

Pursuing productivity for its own sake is counter-productive. This self-imposed pressure is the reason why many people get frustrated with time-management tools. Most of them have been written with this unstated ideology that you have to outperform yourself all the time.

In another words. Why time management fails people is because:

Time management as a single idea is not sustainable!

Eric Herdman Is a Professional Speaker and Author. When companies need orchestrated human optimization solutions for their productivity & leadership problems they contact me for proven, reliable, pragmatic techniques.

This article was written and fueled by: priming my brain with 42 article before writing. Time restricted feeding. Lions mane added to my cold brew coffee. The right environment for this work Starbucks. Binaural Beats playing in my headphones. It’s the right TIME for this work. The right ENERGY cycle and my FOCUS was optimized to be awesome. His newest book is all about getting the right things done at the right time. For more info on how to do this to yourself. Visit here.

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Neuroscience Tell Us You’ll Be Happier, Reduce Stressed and Light The World on Fire with Productivity When You Stop Doing This.

Stop Complaining …

The author of my all time favorite book. ‘Mans Search For Meaning” Viktor E. Frankl says…

Between stimulus and response there is space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

If something bad happens, You get to choose how you’ll respond.

If something goes wrong, you get to choose how you’ll respond.

If someone does something you don’t like, you get to choose how you’ll respond.

If somebody posts some BS that you get an emotional charge (stimulus) from, you get to choose how you respond.

That’s an underlying premise of Stoicism:

While you can never control everything that happens, you can always control how you respond.

The next time something goes wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that same effort into making the situation better.

Even if you have that conversation only with yourself. In fact, I recommend to all of my audiences start by having this conversation with yourself. Nobody else give a crap.

Practice how you’ll respond and in time you’ll build up neural pathways that make responding that way even easier.

In effect, being positive will become a skill — one you built through deep, deliberate practice.

But don’t stop there. When the people around you complain, definitely listen–but then help them focus on helping them find ways to improve the situation. 

However, remember we cannot control other people. So after offering some helping advise if they don’t respond – let that shit go.


1. Dr. Elaine Hatfield, The Research Digest

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