Summer Session

Summer Session – What’s Your Time Management Personality?

This Summer Session our topic is Back to School, and in addition to exploring how art and education intersect, we are also providing resources that might be useful for artists working in the academy or for those interested in self-directed learning. Today we bring you an article by Lauren Zander from the Freelancers Union, whose time-management profiles give readers an opportunity to evaluate their personal relationships to time. Work in both the arts and in education is notoriously time-consuming, and potentially identifying one’s time-management foibles can be a helpful way to improve efficiency, fend off procrastination, and make space for self-care. This article was originally published on June 29, 2015.

Charles Ray. Clock Man, 1978; wood, paint, human body; 30 x 30 x 54 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Charles Ray. Clock Man, 1978; wood, paint, human body; 30 x 30 x 54 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

You already know that you procrastinate, or that you’re always late, or that you’re a little flaky, but you might not recognize how that behavior is rooted in your possibly dysfunctional relationship with time.

You also might not realize how much power you have to change this relationship. All it takes is an honest inventory of your own behaviors and beliefs. Telling the truth about how you treat your time gives you perspective, clarity, and the opportunity to adopt a different mindset.

After twenty years of life-coaching, I’ve come to recognize a few time-related personality traits that show up in even the smartest and most successful people I meet. I call these traits “time bandits,” because they are lawless thieves of our most precious natural resource! See if you can spot your own brand of time mismanagement in these characters:

1. The Time Martyrs

Although they constantly lament that there’s “never enough time,” these people-pleasers fill their schedules with commitments to others instead of focusing on what’s truly important to them. They gain respect and validation this way, but they neglect the list of things that would actually build self-respect, because being accountable to those things is scary.

They leap at a chance to say “yes” to any request that pulls their attention away from the task at hand—a neighbor’s yard sale, a child’s last-minute homework assignment, or a friend in need of advice.

The Truth: Everybody in the world has the same amount of time—twenty-four hours, every day. If you feel overcommitted or underserved, you’re not prioritizing it properly.

Take a closer look at the personal tasks you put off to help others. Ask yourself, “Why am I avoiding this?” Yes, you’re avoiding. Why?

Read the full article here.