Managing Activities Versus Managing Time

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

Can you expand a bit on what you teach about managing activities versus managing time? I sort of get it, but was hoping you could say more about that.

Neagle Code Answer

Great question!

The idea is that we cannot manage time. Nobody can manage it. In order to be able to manage time, you would have to be able to stop it, start it or slow it down.

You can’t do anything with time except be in it.

So, what you manage is your activities. That includes all the things that need to be done within a specific period of time. You determine that by reverse-engineering what the outcome is.

Decide what your outcome will be for a goal, task, project, or whatever it is.

How much time do you need to devote to that, based on when you want to reach the outcome?

Let’s say you want to accomplish something in 90 days. How much time each day, or every other day, or every week, do you need to put into your project to reach the goal in 90 days?

Now, here’s the thing. This is not your only activity. You have many other activities in your life.

You have your family. You have personal care. Maybe you have children and many other things to care of. With all of that, you get to determine how much time you spend doing what it takes to meet your 90-day goal.

I got off a call with a private client who’s having an issue with this. They’re butting up against how much work they have to do in their business, versus how much time they can spend with their family. They’re struggling with that.

I told them:

“There’s no reason to struggle. Nobody is telling you how much time you have to spend with your family. Nobody’s telling you how much time you have to work. That calendar is your life. You get to set it up any way that you want.”

Most people just don’t think this way. They think, “Oh, I have to do this, or I have to do that.”

You don’t have to do anything.

You create your life the way you want to create it.

And the only way to do that is to manage activities, based on the lifestyle you want to live. That’s it.

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