Time Isn’t the Problem


There’s an old saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy man to do.” The saying is right—busy people do get more done. They’ve learned how to master time rather than to let it master them. They’ve set goals, made plans and choices about where they will invest their time. They’ve learned that saying “No,” to things that don’t move them closer to their goals will allow them to say, “Yes,” to the things that bring them what they want.

Don’t say you “don’t have enough time.” Admit you don’t have enough focus, management skills, clearer goals or boundaries. Those are the enemies of time. Time is your greatest advocate if you learn how to treat it with respect. Nine times out of ten any “time management” class is not going to help you manage your time if you don’t have clear goals, and strong boundaries.


“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” —Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

2 thoughts on “Time Isn’t the Problem”

  1. A good friend, Frank C. Dawson, better known as Digger, sent me this story in response to the above post. I want to share it here with you.


    Think of the life of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). An influential Founding Father, Jefferson envisioned America as a great “Empire of Liberty” that would promote republicanism.

    Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781), barely escaping capture by the British in 1781. From mid-1784 through late 1789 Jefferson lived outside the United States. He served in Paris initially as a commissioner to help negotiate commercial treaties. In May 1785 he succeeded Benjamin Franklin as the U.S. Minister to France.

    He was the first United States Secretary of State (1789–1793) under George Washington and advised him against a national bank and the Jay Treaty. He was the second Vice President (1797–1801) under John Adams. Winning on an anti-Federalist platform, Jefferson took the oath of office and became President of the United States in 1801. As president he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase (1803), and sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) to explore the vast new territory and lands further west.
    Jefferson sponsored embargo laws that escalated tensions with Britain and France, leading to war with Britain in 1812, shortly after he left office.

    He idealized the independent yeoman farmer as exemplar of republican virtues, distrusted cities and financiers, and favored states’ rights and a limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786).

    Jefferson’s revolutionary view on individual religious freedom and protection from government authority have generated much interest with modern scholars. He was the eponym of Jeffersonian democracy and the co-founder and leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, which dominated American politics for 25 years.

    Jefferson studied Latin, Greek and French as a youngster and later at the College of William and Mary, where he was graduated with highest honors and admitted to the Bar in 1767.

    He was a farmer, with a lifelong interest in mechanical innovations, new crops, soil conditions, and scientific agricultural techniques. He took special interest in his gardens. His main cash crop was tobacco, but its price was usually low and it was rarely profitable. He tried to achieve self-sufficiency with wheat, vegetables, flax, corn, hogs, sheep, poultry and cattle to feed and clothe his family.

    Jefferson had a love for reading and collected thousands of books in his personal library. He was an accomplished architect who helped popularize bringing the Neo-Palladian in the United States, designing and building his home at Monticello. Jefferson was interested in birds and wine, and was a noted gourmet. Jefferson was also a prolific writer.

    Among his inventions were many small practical devices and a number of improvements to contemporary inventions, including the design for a revolving stand that could hold five books at once to be viewed by the reader. He invented the Great Clock that was powered by the Earth’s gravitational pull on Revolutionary War cannonballs. The gong chime for the clock, mounted on top of Monticello’s roof, could be heard as far as the University of Virginia.

    He invented a 15cm long coded wooden cypher wheel mounted on a metal spindle used to keep secure State Department messages while he was Secretary of State. The messages were scrambled and unscrambled by 26 alphabet letters on each individual circular segment of the wheel. Jefferson improved the moldboard plow and the polygraph, in collaboration with Charles Wilson Peale.

    On his tombstone, however, which he designed and for which he wrote the inscription, there is no mention of his high offices. Rather, it reads that Thomas Jefferson was “author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia” and, as he requested, “not a word more.” Historians might want to add other accomplishments–for example his distinction as an architect, naturalist, and linguist—but, in the main, they would concur with his own assessment. DIGGER

  2. I love this post! You are definitely right. “I have no enough time” is just a reason and if you really want to do things you will always find time for that. I believe that setting goals will help me divide my time and give enough time to every task I need to accomplish. Thank you for sharing this informative and insightful post.

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