It can be easy to absorb messages in our society that time is a limited resource — a commodity to be managed rather than squandered. And certainly, the various hacks to manage time more efficiently are necessary if you need more discipline and structure. But for some people, time management is a barrier to true effectiveness and productivity. The author, a lifelong proponent of efficient time management, found that her meticulous planning had negative impacts on her health. After researching and then shifting toward subjective — rather than objective — time management, she found more joy in her work, and her health began to improve. She offers three lessons that reveal why our traditional time-management methods can hold us back.
In 2019, I hit a wall. To the outside observer, my career was successful, my family was happy, and I seemed to be living the dream. What people didn’t know, however, was that I was struggling with chronic insomnia, malnourishment, a pinched nerve in my neck, and a wicked hormonal imbalance. I would later discover that, ironically, time management was to blame.