“The more you confront the facts [that time is finite] – and work with them, rather than against them – the more productive, meaningful, ad joyful life becomes… I’m aware of no other time management technique that’s half as effective as just facing the way things are.”Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks
I’ve never been all that great at articulating why the Bright Method works.
I’m not really an academic about time management – I don’t spend a lot of energy exploring the theories behind why things work.
I just love a practical, realistic solution that works.
I know I have a system that helped me ditch my overwhelm as an attorney and now as a working mom – and that it works for many other women. I haven’t always been able to explain WHY.
Reading Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks (which I’m still not done reading… man, house hunting and then moving takes it out of you!), that part up there made me think YES.
Burkeman’s theory is that our limited time is NOT the problem. In his view, the problem is all the things we THINK we want to and can do with that limited time. When we live in denial of the finitude of time, we fail to make decisions about how to use our limited time. Instead, we try to shove it all in, get nowhere fast, and end up with a lot of frustration and self-berating at not getting it all done (even though it was impossible).
THIS, in part, is why the Bright Method works. It forces you to get clear real fast about how limited time is and it gives you a tool to use when you make decisions about how to use your limited time going forward.
Plus, discuss how to make those decisions about what to take on going forward, how to have conversations around those decisions, and how to draw and maintain boundaries to protect your plans.
If this sounds like what you need in your life, know that my next program will kick off this October. If you’d like me to let you know when enrollment is open, send me a DM with a simple “Me!” and I’ll reach out to you later this year.
Let’s help you face the way things are – and get a more productive, meaningful, and joyful life in the process!
You can find more information here about my eight-week time management course to help you do just that!