Effective time management by Rony Vaden

Updated: May 15

There are so many lectures by various speakers on time management. Actually it's included in personality camps for youths. The adults always have complaints that their child won't have time for them and children have complained that their parents don't have time for them. But actually there is no concept called time management nor it suits today's generation. It's only about self-management. The better way we will manage ourselves the more time and beautiful and balanced life we will have.

Let's talk about time management theory. So, the time management theory began in the late fifty's and sixty's during the time of the industrial revolution. It is one-dimensional thinking and focuses on efficiency. The idea was to develop tools and technology, tips and tricks to help us get our To-Do list done more faster. Efficiency is better provided other things being equal. But there is an unfortunate limitation to efficiency as a strategy, like time management and it's evidenced by the fact that we all carry mobile phones and still we're never caught up.

In the late eighty's the second era of time management theory evolved. The time management theory was developed by Dr Stephen Covey. It's more advanced as it is a two- dimensional thinking. He developed a time management matrix, where the x-axis represents was urgency and y-axis was importance. It gave us the system of scoring our tasks and then based on scores got we could priorities tasks. Prioritizing is all about focusing first on what matters the most and for the past 20 years, this has been the most pervasive thought of thinking as it relates to time management theory. Prioritizing is not wrong, in fact, it's a valuable skill today. But there are massive limitations to prioritizing that nobody ever talks about and that is this-"There is nothing mentioned about prioritizing that creates more time. So, if any item is on number 8. and then while prioritizing it jumps up to number 1. which is valuable in and on itself but it doesn't do anything inherently to create more time and it does nothing to keep you accomplish the other items on your to-do list. "If you think about efficiency it's a kind of like running on a hamster wheel " (Rony Vaden) and if you think prioritizing it's really like borrowing time. It's kind of like juggling, borrowing time from other activity for another activity. So, how it feels to know that really we all are a bunch of juggling hamster, sprinting towards an invisible crash landing?

Actually you cannot solve today's time management problems with those old theories because it was developed as per that time requirement. So here is new immerging thinking called as Multipliers. This is a three dimensional way of thinking and it is based on significance. So, if urgency is how soon does it matter, importance is how much worth it is then significance is how long will it matter. It is a completely different paradigm. It's adding on to what is there. It's in with the old but also in with the new. Multipliers ask the question that "What can I do today to make my better tomorrow".

We all have some time in a day i.e. 24 hours, 1440, 86400 seconds. We can't increase time in a day as per our wish and this type of thinking is a problem. We have There are so many lectures by various speakers on time management. Actually it's included in personality camps for youths. The adults always have complaints that their child won't have time for them and children have complained that their parents don't have time for them. But actually there is no concept called time management nor it suits today's generation. It's only about self-management. The better way we will manage ourselves the more time and beautiful and balanced life we will have.

Let's talk about time management theory. So, the time management theory began in the late fifty's and sixty's during the time of the industrial revolution. It is one-dimensional thinking and focuses on efficiency. The idea was to develop tools and technology, tips and tricks to help us get our To-Do list done more faster. Efficiency is better provided other things being equal. But there is an unfortunate limitation to efficiency as a strategy, like time management and it's evidenced by the fact that we all carry mobile phones and still we're never caught up.

In the late eighty's the second era of time management theory evolved. The time management theory was developed by Dr Stephen Covey. It's more advanced as it is a two- dimensional thinking. He developed a time management matrix, where the x-axis represents was urgency and y-axis was importance. It gave us the system of scoring our tasks and then based on scores got we could priorities tasks. Prioritizing is all about focusing first on what matters the most and for the past 20 years, this has been the most pervasive thought of thinking as it relates to time management theory. Prioritizing is not wrong, in fact, it's a valuable skill today. But there is massive limitations to prioritizing that nobody ever talks about and that is this-"There is nothing mentioned about prioritizing that creates more time. So, if any item is on number 8. and then while prioritizing it jumps up to number 1. which is valuable in and on itself but it doesn't do anything inherently to create more time and it does nothing to keep you accomplish the other items on your to-do list. "If you think about efficiency it's a kind of like running on a hamster wheel " (Rony Vaden) and if you think prioritizing it's really like borrowing time. It's kind of like juggling, borrowing time from other activity for another activity. So, how it feels to know that really we all are a bunch of juggling hamster, sprinting towards an invisible crash landing?

Actually you cannot solve today's time management problems with those old theories because it was developed as per that time requirement. So here is new immerging thinking called as Multipliers. This is a three dimensional way of thinking and it is based on significance. So, if urgency is how soon does it matter, importance is how much worth it is then significance is how long will it matter. It is a completely different paradigm. It's adding on to what is there. It's in with the old but also in with the new. Multipliers ask the question that "What can I do today to make my better tomorrow".

We all have some time in a day i.e. 24 hours, 1440, 86400 seconds. We can't increase time in a day as per our wish and this type of thinking is a problem. We have to break this thought and come out of this. We should instead think about making better tomorrow.

According to Rony Vaden, "You multiply your time by giving yourself the emotional permission to spend time on things today that will give you more time Tomorrow. This is a significant calculation. The focus funnel is an attempt to create a visual depiction that codifies the though process, that multipliers go through in their head unconsciously when there are evaluating how to spend their time. It's why some people create extraordinary, explosive and exponential results and others seem to kind of test create linear traction. If all task come above focus funnel than a multiplier ask the first question," Can I eliminate this?" You have to realize, is that you are always saying no to something today for creating more time in future for you. It's very difficult to say No to someone. But you have to say No. If you can't eliminate tasks so ask," Can I automate?" Automation is to your time exactly what compounding interest is to your money. The way the wealthy people think about money, that way multiplier think about time. Now suppose automation is not possible the next question is, "Can I teach someone else to do this?" If you can't delegate someone it brings to the bottom point of the funnel. Then only one question remains is that "If the task must be done now" then that's what multiplier call it as 'concentrate'. It is permission to protect. It's all about focusing on and eliminating distractions. However, if you ask," Can this wait till later date" and the answer is yes and that is what multipliers called it 'procrastinate a purpose'. It goes up to funnel top again and it goes on till it is completed.

Procrastinating is an art form that the world really needs which is patience, the patience to put off the insignificant things.

In the end, he says," In a holly book called Genesis, "God gave one command to humanity, "Be Fruitful & Multiply".to break this thought and come out of this. We should instead think about making better tomorrow.