Practice: Time management isn’t the root problem.

Jay is a systematic thinker. He is known for his ability to manage complex projects with many moving pieces. With this superpower comes an edge, he struggles to scope with prioritization, delegation and what to say no to. He tries to do it all.

Without scope, Jay feels unlimited accountability to everything. When time is scarce you end up behaving reactively as priorities shift unexpectedly.

Jay and I decided to attack this issue from the angle of determining how many fucks he wanted to give. What if time isn't scarce? What if time was abundant and you get to choose where you apply it.


Jay’s Homework

Write down all the buckets you are accountable to both professionally and personally.


  • Home 
    • sub-buckets: kids, wife, home maintenance
  • Work
  • Passion projects / School / Community work 
  • Health
    • sub-buckets: physical health, mental health, emotional health

Under each bucket, consider what percent level of accountability you want to attach to each bucket. Do this from an abundance mindset. Abundance means the math doesn’t need to add to 100%. Abundance means thinking from the angle of what you wish to give (not what you have to give).

Keep this Life Bucket map handy and as you actionize your to-do list, consider it from this perspective of: “What’s my level of accountability here? I’ve delegated 60% to the Work Life Bucket. I don’t need to kill myself and sacrifice my evening with my family just so I can cross off an item on my to do list.”


Extra resource: You Don’t Have A Time Management Problem — You Just Think You Do


Notes: If accountability doesn’t feel right, these articles may resonate more.

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