Time Management And Goal Setting … How Do They Relate? - David Neagle

Time Management And Goal Setting … How Do They Relate?

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,

I’ve heard you say that there is no time. What does that mean exactly, and how does time tie into the big picture in massive goal setting?

Neagle Code Answer

Fantastic question! I know this can be a confusing concept.

We all have the same amount of this illusion that we call time.

As human beings, we break time down into days. We have a 24-hour measuring system that we use, but what do we use time for?

We use it to manage our life.

You also cannot have time without space or space without time.

The moment you start to focus on time, like on your calendar or in setting your goal, you bring space into the picture.

The question is what are you going to fill the space with?

Northcote Parkinson has a law that says that work tends to fill the time allotted.

In other words, if we shorten the timeframe on almost any kind of work, we will get it done in a shorter timeframe than we originally thought that we could.

When I'm going to set a goal, I am going to pick a timeframe, but the question then is, “How do I know if that timeframe is correct?”

I don't.

If I don't reach the goal, I don’t change the goal. I only change the timeframe in which we're doing it.

One of the things that's important to understand is that things can happen much quicker than we think they can.

Think about how can we remove the time barrier and actually make something happen quicker.

Sometimes we can, sometimes we can't.

For thousands of years it took a certain amount of time to get from one place to the other because we couldn't fly, but once we understood how to do that, we certainly filled the time barrier from one place to another.

So, time is not set in stone as far as a measurement of what’s possible.

Time is really just a matter of perception.

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