What your time-management guru forgot to tell you

Claudia Brose
5 min readMar 24, 2022

And How Tony Robbins tackles this time-stealing issue

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“Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions. They greatly drain one’s time. They sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors.” — Late Supreme Courte Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I admire this woman. She has great insights on life and work and always nails it.

How many times a day do you get angry and upset about something? How often does something unexpected happen that just annoys you and you feel like this is just taking up your time again?

These things happen and we can’t change that. Accept it.

Here is what you CAN do: you can change how much time you “waste” on thinking negative thoughts about a situation.

If you’ve been upset about something for five minutes, you could have started investing that energy in finding a solution or changing the situation four minutes ago.

Beyond Time Management

Every day we can follow the time optimization craze in online magazines, newsletters, or various media channels: They tell you how to be more efficient with your time, manage it better and uncover your time traps.

We read about the Best 13 Time Management Strategies of Successful Managers to take a cue from how we can be successful, if only we could finally get time management right. The credo is, to pay more attention to what is important and less to what is urgent.

This sounds all great. Because time-wasters lurk around every corner and we just have to track them down and avoid them. But there is something different you can do too.

I offer you a different component in the storyline of time-wasting

I’m going to add yet another time-waster into the time management arena that you should pay attention to: Have you ever considered all those negative moments during the day when you’re angry or upset about something as a time and energy waster?

They steal your time without you noticing it. How much time you could “save” if you developed a different attitude?

Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com