Time and time again (pun intended), I come across articles that suggest another tip or another hack to “better manage your time”.

In fact, at the last networking event that I attended, after a survey we found out that the most common denominator when it comes to challenges that an entrepreneur faces, time management was on top of the list.

So, if you are like most, trying to find more time to get shit done, guess what? Stop looking. There isn’t anymore time! We all get 24 hours in a day. Nothing more, nothing less.

I got news for you: Time cannot be managed.

You can’t pause it, you can’t fast forward it. It goes at the same rate of speed since the beginning of time. 60 minutes per hour.

You can’t recycle wasted time and you can’t kill time. Time can be your friend or your most dreaded foe. Like fish that disregard the water that surrounds them, people underestimate the value of time, sometimes until they also feel like they don’t have enough of it.

Successful people understand that not any 24 hour day is promised and they are also aware that there is in fact an unknown expiration date.

No matter where you live in the world, or what your financial bracket looks like, this is all we get. 24 hours a day. And we all know what happens when we are in a rush. Time seems to go faster! We don’t make sound decisions when we are in a rush.

So now that I helped you get that “managing time” BS paradigm out of your head, let’s focus on what can be managed.

Manage Yourself

Most aspiring entrepreneurs have jobs, families, maybe multiple ventures to grow, so time can seem scarce and I totally get it.

One of the things that have helped me be on track with the progress of multiple projects are systems and tools.

Developing a daily method of operation around the home office has been key to track areas that are moving forward and others that need more attention.

Motivate Yourself

We all know that consistency is the mother of mastery. But how do I find the motivation to do things that may seem uncomfortable day in and day out?

Some of my mind hacks consist on rituals that even as a learning amateur I’m beginning to see some results in the way I perceive things. Writing and updating my vision, meditating, consuming empowering content in the form of reading, video and audio plus listening to a Rocky soundtrack have all helped get me in the zone.

Delegate Is The Name Of The Game

Be the conductor of your symphony.

Need I say more? You are not the master at everything. There are people who can do a better job than you at some things. Stop micromanaging and keep it moving!

I could write more about this illusion that surrounds the topic of time management, but then I wouldn’t be making the best use of my time or yours.

Recommended Resources

So I’m just gonna end it here and get you some resources to better manage yourself. Some are free, some are paid, but you get what you pay for, don’t you..?

Trello Project management tool. Highly recommend if you’re running multiple teams. Mobile or desktop, it syncs with your devices realtime and a ton of features including integration with your favorite cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive, customized checklists, etc. FREE!

Time Matrix, from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Focus Booster App — Stick to your plan with simple and effective time tracking techniques. Free 30 day trial.

Rescue Time — With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. Free and Premium accounts.

See you at the top!

Danny Monzon