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Your Past is Not Your Future: Overcoming Time Management Regret

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You may have been passed up for a promotion. You may have lost a job. You may have spent years in a Ph.D. program. You may have forfeited a marriage. You may have missed your kids’ grow up. You may have squandered your health. You may have misplaced your confidence.

It doesn’t matter. How do I know this? Because I’ve been a time management coach for the last 10 years, and I’ve seen clients come to me with all of these regrets — all caused by poor time management — and I’ve watched them break free. You are in jail of time mismanagement, but the only person keeping you there is yourself.

I still believe in you. I know your time management past does not have to define your time management future. Here are four areas where you will need to make changes so you can be free to manage your time. Don’t let it manage you.

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