The best time management strategy is to live longer, healthier and happier. Until now there has been little or no attempt in time management books and training sessions to help a person extend the amount of time at their disposal by extending their lifespan. That is normally a completely different field of study. And yet living longer is the only time management strategy guaranteed to increase the amount of time at your disposal.
Between 20% to 50% of longevity is hereditary; but the rest is lifestyle, attitude, environment and other factors – mostly within our control. Some of the traditional time management recommendations of the past, such as multitasking, working faster and getting up earlier, actually may contribute to a shorter lifespan. And with technology added to the mix, introducing information and interruption overload, and possibly addiction to email, social media, Internet, excessive cell phone use and added stress – lifespan and certainly health span, are under even greater attack.
All aspects of our life – physical, mental, and spiritual – all interrelate when it comes to time management. For example, in my book, Slowing down the speed of life, I show how speed affects everything from multitasking and exercising to sleep, diet, and even our perception of how fast time passes.
In the “old days”, when I started out as a time management trainer, traditional time management, including such things as to-do lists, quiet hours, and utilizing idle time were aimed at one thing – getting more done in less time.
But times have changed — including technology, the rate of change, and our working environment, the pace of life, and so on. In order to survive and thrive today, we need more than time logs, follow-up files, and time-saving tips. We need holistic time management, which is a relatively new concept.
With your health, strategies that keep you from becoming sick are not the same things that make you healthy. And with your retirement, what keeps you from being poor or destitute and unable to maintain a satisfactory lifestyle, are not the same things that allow you to live a happy, healthy, productive, personally fulfilling life in your senior years.
In your strive to live longer, healthier and happier, it is important to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise both the body and the brain, develop close relationships, avoid excessive stress and make certain lifestyle changes – in addition to getting organized and practising sound time management principles.
I am writing a series of brief eBooks, available at Amazon.com, to help you do just that. Check out the latest ones at http://amzn.to/1H4OGYP.