It’s always good to a hear success story from time to time, especially when there is advice included. But as writer Adam Dachis points out in a new article at Lifehacker, it’s absolutely essential that you don’t get stuck endlessly comparing your own productivity to that of others, especially if you’re basing your comparison on something you’ve seen online.
And there are plenty of good reasons for this.
First of all, and as the article rightly points out, people have a tendency to post only the good stuff. This is only human. Why would someone tell you about how they overslept the morning before when giving the details of their perfect all-new organizational system? As far as it’s come along, time management is not an exact science, and it never will be.
With as many distractions and conflicting priorities the average person has today, between the internet and reality, between family and work, there is always a degree of give and take. The importance of implementing time management skills in your own life is to minimize bad habits and their impact on your life.
The next time you’re reading an article from someone who seems like he or she has it all figured out, try to picture them stuck in traffic, or trudging through in an inbox full of messages. Part of comprehensive time management is lowering your overall level of stress, and if you stop feeling guilty about your own mistakes, you’ll actually be in a better position to fix them.
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