Words from the WPC president: The art of time management

Stop with the excuses. Just stop.

If you say you are going to do something, then just do it. When you know that you cannot do what you promised, then let somebody know that. It’s easy; just be honest and tell the truth. Simply put, I’m talking about time management. Wilma Moore Black

According to most time management experts, it makes more sense to just reexamine how you’re spending your time and manage it better. July becomes the seventh month of 2020 already, and the clock keeps moving on. Start right now; make a short list and get things done. Time management boils down to getting and keeping your act together. That means you show up on time, set priorities and then get and stay organized.

Without organization — a highly underrated skill — you overcommit to projects and events, miss deadlines, forget things and become overwhelmed. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel with less anxiety due to the lack of organization in your life. In fact, I promise you will love yourself more and have time to do something for others.

As Aristotle put it, “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

Other quotes that inspire me include: “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller

As Martin Luther King Jr., eloquently stated, “Life’s most persistent and most urgent question is what are you doing for others?”

A Chinese proverb says, “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

This column encouraged me to read more about time management. We all have so many good ideas and as many distractions to get things done. I am now motivated to hone my lens of responsibility and art of time management.

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