Diagnosing Time Malaise

If you’ve read any books on time management, The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress won’t give you much new information.  And if you’ve read more than one or two books on time management, I guarantee the “secrets” are not secrets to you.  However, I did find a few worthwhile points in this book that might make it worth your time.

The first helpful idea I gleaned from this book was the need to keep an eye out for time malaise.

That’s not what the author calls it, but I love the word “malaise” and find it descriptive.  Anyway, I thought Saunders did a good job explaining the different ways that our feelings and reactions to situations might be telling us that we need to re-evaluate how we spend our time.  If we aren’t working toward our priorities, or if we’re allowing other people to spend our time for us, or if we’re not accomplishing the things we know are really important, we do feel effects, and often just recognizing that you’re under stress or that your priorities are out of order can help you to start solving the problem.

Another part of the book I found helpful was Saunders’ explanation of how to cope with people who have different time priorities than we do.

I realized that often when I’m frustrated with my kids, for example, it’s because they aren’t tracking with my schedule.  For example, when we need to get out the door for an appointment and they don’t cooperate, or when they decide to take an hour to do four math problems.  Saunders suggests that instead of being immediately critical (because, as she points out, it’s not that people are out to get us, only that they have different priorities and don’t understand ours), we should stop to empathize, evaluate, and encourage. This was a really good reminder for me.

Saunders emphasizes how helpful routines are for accomplishing goals.

When you make working toward a goal a habit, Saunders says, you make it easier on yourself to do what you really want to do rather than what seems easiest at the time.  She has some good insights on different ways that moderators and abstainers should construct routines so they can actually accomplish them.  I hadn’t thought about applying the moderator/abstainer distinction to time management, but that was a good insight.

Although I wouldn’t say The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investmentis my favorite time management book, I did get some good information out of it, so if you’re also a fan of the genre, you might want to check it out.


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2 thoughts on “Diagnosing Time Malaise

  1. Wait, what? Suggestions on developing routines for moderators and (more importantly, to me) abstainers? Now I’m curious! 🙂 The routine thing makes sense, but I’m intrigued by the idea of suggestions based on one’s tendency toward moderation or abstention.

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