The object of the game Perfection is to put 25 game pieces into matching holes on the board before the time limit runs out. When time runs out, the board – which has been pushed down at the start of the game – springs up, causing many, if not all, of the pieces to fly out.
Analogy and comparison
Now, think about your daily life with its never-ending to-do list. Managing your time is like the game of Perfection:
- each to-do item is like a game piece on the board
- you have a limited amount of time in which accomplish each task
- you can’t randomly add tasks (“pieces”) to your day because when would you do them as there are only 24 hours in a day and at some point you need to rest
- when you rush and try to do everything without planning ahead, you often run out of time and everything flies up in your face
- There really is no such thing as perfect time management. Life happens and unexpected things land in your path. You can’t (and shouldn’t) attempt to do everything at the same time. Time management is about getting the most important things done and not about getting as much done as possible.
- Something’s got to give and you can remove items from your to-do list. At some point you need to take a step back and see that all the tasks on your list align with your personal and family goals. Some things never have to be done and these to-do items should be removed from your list. Time management is an awareness of how to choose and control purposeful activities that relate to your daily/weekly/monthly/annual goals.
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