When I think back on how I’ve learned and processed the concept of time management in my life, there seems to have always been one constant.

There is never enough time.

No matter how you choose to slice it up, time is a finite resource.

It is the great equalizer. From the struggling college student dreaming of a career to the Chief Financial Officer dreaming of retirement, we are all given the same daily portion.

Each person gets just twenty four hours in a day and one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week. That portion cannot be controlled, managed or changed.

And when you begin to look at the commitments you already have, those hours disappear quickly.

I typically look at my day in fifteen minutes segments. That means that each day, I have ninety six fifteen minute segments to utilize. If I sleep only seven hours at night, I’ve already reduced my useable time to sixty eight segments. When considering daily routines such as a commute, exercise, or regularly scheduled meetings, those sixty eight segments drop closer to fifty in the blink of an eye.

Some of us, if we’re being honest, may look at our commitments and realize we need more like one hundred and ten segments just to accomplish what we’ve promised each day. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible. There is no way to control, manage or change the daily allowance.

What can be controlled, managed and changed though, is what happens within that given time.

Perhaps, then, we should reframe the discussion. The only way to manage time is to manage our actions.

Have you made commitments that won’t fit into your daily time allotment? When it comes to scheduling your day, how do you break up the finite time you have?

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