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Don’t Try to Manage Your Time; Manage Your Activities
By Allison C. Shields
You can’t really “manage” time, which is why I’m not the biggest fan of the term “time management.” I only use it – and then only very reluctantly – because that’s the term most people are familiar with.
But in actuality, the only thing you can control is what you do with your time; you’re really managing your activities, not your time.
This may seem like a silly distinction, but this small shift in thinking can profoundly and positively affect your productivity.
There are 20 people in an empty, square room. Each person has full sight of the entire room and everyone in it without turning his head or body, or moving in any way (other than the eyes). Where can you place an apple so that all but one person can see it?
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