Recently, I read a great article titled Why time management is ruining our lives. That title needs no further explanation!
It is a great article and I highly recommend reading it. It counters the deluge of popular advice that tells us how to ‘get more done’.
Let me be very clear: there’s nothing wrong with using your calendar to make sure you accomplish what you need to get done, but that constant message of ‘do more’ has resulted in people feeling as if they should fill their schedule to the brim every single day and be more efficient.
There’s a gem in the article that I wanted to share because it instantly made me see ‘scheduling’ in a new light. This is a story which is apparently often used by Tom Demarco and it might make you stop and think.
From the article: “DeMarco often uses the analogy of those sliding number puzzles in which you move eight tiles around a nine-tile grid until all the digits are in order.
To use the available space more efficiently, you could always add a ninth tile to the empty square.
You just wouldn’t be able to solve the puzzle anymore.
If that jammed and unsolvable puzzle feels like an appropriate metaphor for your life, it’s hard to see how improving your personal efficiency – trying to force yet more tiles on to the grid – is going to be much help”.
(Here’s a Wikipedia link to the type of puzzles he means in case you’ve never seen one or have forgotten).
Isn’t that a great way to see how adding more to your schedule is not a magic solution to getting more done?
As I shared again recently, it wasn’t until I got tired of being busy and created some empty space that I could see what I really wanted in my life.
Do you have enough empty space in your life?
Something to ponder as we near the end of the first month of 2018.