Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock: Time is relentless, and it stops for no one. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock.

It is impossible to stop the clock. If we could, all of us would add more time to each day. We would allocate more hours for the fun stuff, add an hour or so for sleeping, or make it stop all-together so there are no deadlines. But, unfortunately, there is no way to manage the clock. All we can manage is ourselves. And that’s good news.

John Maxwell said; “Time cannot be managed. It cannot be controlled in any way. Everyone gets the same number of hours and minutes every day. Nobody—no matter how shrewd—can save minutes from one day to spend on another”

When I travel my family and friends always make fun of me because of all the stuff I cart along with me. I take the kitchen sink. Usually, it involves a large, (sometimes overweight), suitcase, a duffel bag for my shoes, a hanging bag for my suitcoats and a carry-on. Crazy right? Recently while waiting at the luggage carousel at Logan, I noticed how many fellow passengers were walking by with single bags. “How do they do that?” I reasoned. “Don’t they take along anything?”

It occurred to me that possibly they were better at packing and unpacking than I was. It had to be that they were much more selective than I was about what went into the suitcase. Just maybe, I could get along with two pairs of shoes instead of four on that two-day trip. Food for thought.

All of us are given the same amount of hours, minutes, and seconds in each day. We are all given the same identical “time suitcase”. What makes the big difference between people who get so much more done in a day, and myself is what successful people put in their suitcase and what they leave out.

Those who manage themselves well set daily priorities. They make lists of the essential things they need to do, and they come back to that list when they get sidetracked. I call this the “Law of The Come-back.”

Successful packers have learned the way to avoid the “overweight fees”, is to avoid procrastination. There may be some things you want to avoid in your day. But, not addressed in a timely way, they fill your bag and leave little room for the stuff you categorically want to accomplish. Remember, we all get just 24 hours every day. We all get the same suitcase, and successful people have learned how to pack better.

You don’t get more hours because you can’t get it all done. You can’t manage time. You can only manage you. Ask yourself, “What’s in my daily suitcase?” How much time are you using for the things that don’t matter? Television, Facebook, and Science Fiction novels may be a fun, occasional diversion, but do you need four pairs of shoes? Really? Leave the junk behind. Choose wisely, you can do this.

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