Why Blaming Others Won’t Solve Your Time Management Problems.

Carl Pullein
4 min readOct 4, 2023

One of my favourite Jim Rohn quotes is: “Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges wish for more wisdom”. It encapsulates the mindset of all successful people: whenever they are faced with a problem, they look for a solution, not an excuse.

Sadly, when I read through the comments on my YouTube videos, I see many along the lines of “I wish Apple would add this feature” or “Todoist add that feature”. It’s as if the authors of these comments have delegated their productivity and time management difficulties to others so they don’t have to find a solution themselves.

Apple and Todoist (and other app developers) are working on their own roadmap to develop their tools. Each will have different timelines and features, and the chances are what they are working on will not be a solution to your particular difficulty.

If you want to get better at managing your time and be more productive, the onus is on you to find the solution.

Managing your time boils down to saying “no” to many opportunities. The time part of time management is fixed; you cannot change that, and nobody else can change it, either. So, the only solution you have available is to say “no” more often and be more disciplined with how you use your time.

Some services can help, such as Calendly, where you allocate your availability and share the link with people who want to meet you. They can choose a time that suits both you and them. This also saves time because you are not going back and forth negotiating a suitable time.

Becoming more productive requires you to determine what is essential and what is not. Without that knowledge, everything will appear important, and that is what dilutes your effectiveness. No task manager will ever tell you what is important. That decision is on you. However, you can simplify that process by giving yourself time to write out your areas of focus and core work and ensuring you have time to complete the tasks associated with those crucial areas each week. It is those tasks that are your most important work.

What you will notice is none of these ‘solutions’ involve tools. It’s all about your…

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Carl Pullein

I help people learn to manage their lives and time better so they can experience joy and build a life they are truly proud of. www.carlpullein.com