Time Management Expert, Event Speaker: Mark Lamendola
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Have you ever had to deal with someone over a dispute and after "taking all day" felt you got nowhere? That's a common problem.
What you have to do is focus on the core issue. Just interrupt and say, "Look, we both want to resolve this dispute. The only real issue here is X. Until we resolve that, I'm not going to talk about anything else. It would be pointless to do so."
When you feel something is dragging on and getting nowhere, that is happening because nobody has really defined the terms of the debate. So, define them. And then hold the other party to those terms.
Here's another scenario. Bob has crafted an opinion based on misinformation. You know this, and you disagree with Bob. You've told him you will have to agree to disagree, and you don't want to "go there" anymore. Yet every time you talk to Bob, he wants to argue his opinion at you. Bob is simply wasting your time with his stupidity. This really isn't about Bob's wanting to understand the truth and your needing to be persuasive. It's about Bob's wanting to save face because he knows he's wrong. You have several options:
More thoughts on time managementThe phrase "time management" is an unfortunate language quirk. You can't really manage time. It just is. You can't gain time, create time, or even lose time. Time is what it is, regardless of what we do. And, paradoxically, many common "time management" techniques and practices are timewasters because they divert limited resources (such as time) to the wrong things.
It would be better to say "time allocation" or "activity management" "time usage" or some other phraseology to indicate that it's not time itself you're managing but how you use the time that exists. But we'll use the common terminology here to avoid confusion.
Some things time management is not:
Some things good time management involves:
We've highlighted only some of the factors involved in good time management. We actually teach extreme time management, which is a methodology that allows you to make effective use of your time almost second nature. You don't need a complicated system. Our system puts many of the variables on autopilot, so you have more time to do what you need to do. Our system goes way beyond most other systems in results, yet is far simpler.
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