How Is Being Time Poor Really Hurting You?

“It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it” - Seneca

Over 300 years ago William Penn was attributed with saying: "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." Why is time still such an issue in the modern workplace, and how is a lack of it really hurting you?

I wish I was paid $1 for every instance someone told me they were busy when I asked how they were. I don’t think I would ever have to work again if only I had patented the response!!!

Yet, despite all of the advances in technology, working conditions and work methods, we still haven’t mastered time. Part of the reason this happens is we have more choice, information and distractions. However, we’re expected to achieve more with fewer resources.

The equation doesn’t work unless you’ve absolutely optimised your level of efficiency and effectiveness. Not 1 or the other but both!!!

With an increase in mental health conditions on the rise, we shouldn’t underestimate the impact speed and urgency to get results has. What might start as stress or overwhelm can manifest into more serious conditions. For instance, 21% of work based mental health condition claims are due to work pressure (Source: National Set for Compensation-based Statistics by Safe Work Australia).

With time, we need to think about our total life. Are there enough hours each day and week, or are you conflicted with having to choose certain priorities over others? Consider:

  • Work – am I achieving expectations within my paid working hours?

  • Family – have I got the balance right between work and family?

  • Health, wellbeing and rest – is the pace sustainable?

If you didn’t respond positively to all of the above, then being time poor is hurting you. However, if you learn how to master time, you’ll notice a profound ripple effect to every facet of your life.