Lecture on Time Management

Published: 10.02.2004
Updated: 02.07.2015


There are 2 types of assets:

  1. The ones which money can buy: Material objects.
  2. The ones which money can’t buy: Internally available things.
    We have to remember what is the target and what is the way to achieve (material objects are the ways to achieve something more profound).

The main reason of all the problems:

We don’t know how to live our life:

We should understand what is knowledge and what is baggage.
Change is required.
Learn to live. (Story of a fool, 8 Moorkha-gunas), few examples:

  • Carefree - living in the present
  • Peaceful sleep
  • Excellent digestion
  • Keep the brain/intellect light (knowledge vs the baggage)
    • An example of the professor and the boatman – swimming
    • Why can’t we do it? – No time management!!

What did Bhagwan Mahavir say? (2600 years before)

Khanam Jaanami Pandiye Who is real Pundit? – The one who knows the value of time.
Samayam Goyam ma pamayiye Don’t waste even a second; don’t be lazy for a second.
Kale Kalam Samayiye (?) At any time do only what you planned to do (no distractions/digressions).

We don’t have any set but have an upset routine.

There is a clock in the universal phenomenon

Sunrise, sunset, seasons, moon calendar.
Even in the biological system there is a clock, which is known as the " circadian rhythm" (E.g. Flowering of the plants, time of hunger)
Timing of: Eating, sleep and excretion.
At human level depression has the cycle: Winter vs Summer, depending on the pituitary gland secretion.

We should do three things:

Introspection to learn form the past - do analysis every night.
Keep balance of mind in the present.
Do screening of the desires for the future and don’t accept what the desires bring you to. Limited/controlled enjoyment!


There are three Levels of Time Management

1) Self-aspect:

Mood development:

a. This is the main problem,
b. Causes time consumption
c. Examples given: tea, 6 year old girl sitting on the couch, mood to attend lecture
> Solution: Never say I don’t have time

Easy going nature: Hota hai, chalta hai

d. Lack of determination

Health Management:

e. Daily exercise
f. Controlled sensible eating habits
g. Working for health
h. Lack of addictions e.g. smoking

Strong nature????

2) Social aspect:

Visitors: Planned/ unplanned

a. Time to fulfill their demands
b. Maintain quality of friends,
c. Friendship should be unconditional
d. Lack of discipline:

  • On job,
  • While in social circle

e. Disorderliness

i.) Lack of organization - reflects the organized mind

1. Look the room of a person - how should it be?

a. Space
b. Organization
c. Cleanliness
d. Motivational objects

2. It’s more easy to go from outside to inside - so external organization (e.g. room) is necessary.

ii.) Don’t postpone

iii.) Avoid temptations

1. Why do they occur? - Samskaras

3) Involvements:

  • Meetings
  • Telephone:

a. Know where to stop
b. Cell phone: Life and discipline gets disturbed

  • TV: special attention for the people who stay in home (jobless)

c. Overall control the input in the mind.

  • Internet
  • Lack of clarity in communication – be precise, short and have purpose
  • Confused authority

d. Confusion about who is responsible for a particular task.
e. Avoid time waste in decision-making.

  • Undefined priorities:

f. Apply one rule: what’s is beneficial

  • Inability to say NO


R U T H Management

R - Rush
U - Urgency
T - Today
H - Hold

  • You should go from bottom to top, i.e. put what you can on Hold
    • Then do what you need to do Today, Do the urgent tasks and then rush for the ‘must-do-now’ tasks.

Keys for Time Management:

  • Avoid wastage or overuse of time
    a. Phone
    b. Criticizing others
    c. Try following a time table to see how much time you waste
  • Get up early: Best remedy, so sleep early, do 1 week experiment
    d. Watch how you start your day
    e. Start peacefully
  • Plan your day in the morning – make a To-Do list – WHY??
    f. Mind is fresh
    g. Good thoughts –so can plan well
    h. Clarity in the thought process
    i. Efficiency in the work
    j. Easy, busy and lazy
    k. Who gets up late?
    l. "Brahma-moohurtha"
  • Maintain a daily time-log
    m. Helps in Sleep
  • Say NO to temptations
  • Always finish what you start
  • Be punctual: E.g. of a train
  • Give plenty time for rest (nap),
    n. E.g., modern companies
    o. Vaamakukashi- Not sleep –Do Balaasana
  • Work smarter not harder: an example of an axe – sharpen it first
  • Be ready before time
  • Keep Balance between time and work-load – e.g. No time for khaana, soona, maarna, rona
  • To say ‘I don’t have time’ is a mental thing
  • Limit friend circle and/or contain socialization


Remove following four excuses:

1) Time excuse

2) Weather excuse

3) Age factor

4) Health factor

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