“A lot of the ways we are taught to manage our time robs us of the most important values that we have.” – Richie Norton
In this episode, I interviewed Richie Norton, an award-winning, bestselling author, and entrepreneur and we talked about his new book called “Anti-Time Management: Reclaim Your Time and Revolutionize Your Results with the Power of Time Tipping.” He provides some very interesting facts on “time management,” or rather, anti-time management, and might just change the way you think of time management forever.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Power of Time Tipping for Engineers:
- Time management was never intended to give anyone freedom. It was designed to measure and squeeze everything out of factory workers. It is bizarre that time management is still used to supposedly optimize on a personal level. In time management, other people control your time. In anti-time management, you control your time.
- Gavin’s Law is “Live to start, start to live.” When you live to start those ideas that are pressing on your mind now, you start living. Too many people wonder what they are doing, why they are here, and where they are going. At the same time, there is sometimes a nugget of wisdom telling them that they must do something, but they hide it because they are scared and have pride. People do not want their ideas — they want what they think would come from the success of the idea. When you think beyond goals, strengths, or habits, you suddenly land in the place you want to be in, in your mind. When you work from this place in your mind, and not toward it, the choices you make change. When you work from the future, it opens many opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have gotten.
- When people try to apply old technology to a new social landscape, they get the result of current time management. Time management turned us into robots by doing the same things repeatedly in the same way. It results in having full calendars but empty lives. You can be more productive through anti-time management than through traditional time management, and can do it around your values. Anti-time management is a different way of thinking, and thinking differently is one of the most important things you can do about the way you want to live your life and create results.
- Time tipping means to stop prioritizing time and start prioritizing attention. Most people do not work for work’s sake — they work for something else. Instead of saying you cannot do something because of a certain reason, rather ask yourself how, or what, or who can help to get it done. It opens your mind to being creative and problem-solving. We need leaders today who have discernment and who can make decisions based on creativity. Anti-time management allows you to make your professional goals support your personal goals and vice versa.
- Project stacking means making single decisions that will impact multiple things at one time. Working in the order of purpose, priorities, projects, and then payment will operationalize how you work. Time management does the opposite by optimizing for the work and ignoring the full purpose.
- If you do not like what you are doing, do not lie to yourself by saying the things you do will eventually get the result you want. It will never happen. If you want to do it a different way, first look if anyone else is doing it differently, and learn from them. If there is no one else doing things differently, you must decide if you want to be a pioneer — but be sure to start with your purpose. When you put purpose first, you can make better decisions. Decide who you want to be, and you will know what to do.
- The way to make changes in your current situation is very individualized, but if you ask yourself a better question, you will find the answer. If you want to stop working at your job, you already have found the answer. If you are not in the position to walk out right away, start looking for ways to make money on the side that are aligned with your values. People want to go from zero to 100, but want to start at 100. Rather act as though you are already at 100, and put all the pieces together. If you act as though you are at zero, you will not even try. Work from the future, not endlessly toward it.