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Your Problem is Not Time Management

A lot of the work I’ve been doing lately with advisors starts with their story that they are disorganized and have poor time management. 

They want me to share tips and strategies for becoming more organized and managing their time better. 

But in most cases, their problem isn’t time management at all, it’s a problem that revolves around not having a clear objective.

In his book, Time Warrior, my friend and colleague Steve Chandler says:

[L]et’s say your objective was to go to the airport and fly to New York City—you would have no problem managing time.

 You’re on your way out the door to the car to drive to the airport and somebody says to you, “Hey, do you have a minute? I’ve got a couple of things I want to discuss.”  You simply say, “No, I don’t. I don’t have time right now, I’m on my way to the airport.”

 You are a warrior in that moment of time. You can say no. 

 Purpose makes you that way.

 And you would get into your car and you would go to the airport, and maybe make an appointment to talk to that person later. 

 You wouldn’t have any problem whatsoever managing your time. The reason for that is you have a specific mission.  You have a commitment. People who have that don’t have problems with time management because they always know what to say yes to and what to say no to. 

Chandler goes on to say:

“[W]ith a clear mission driving me, time management is never a problem. Even if my car breaks down, I grab a cab real fast so I can still get to the airport.  Nothing gets in the way of me going to New York.”


What happens when we think we have a time management problem, is that we wake up each day into never ending “demands” with no sense of purpose or mission. There’s no trip to the airport that day. 

So, when someone asks for your time, the answer is always yes.  New email…yes. Phone call…yes. and pretty soon, you’re falling behind and telling me and others that you have more to do than you can handle. 

But it’s not true.  You don’t have a time management problem; you have a mission problem. Whatever direction you’ve chosen to go isn’t compelling enough every day to rise to the level of that trip to New York that you wouldn’t let anything interfere with. 

The solution, says Chandler, is boldness—an ability to be brave and strong in staying on mission.

If you’re feeling like time management is a big issue for you, let’s have a conversation. Reach out and we’ll arrange a time to talk.

It’s about deciding daily to keep REACHING…


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