One of the greatest challenges of my life is managing my time.

I assume this is the case for many people. More so for women.

As long as we women are seen, or see ourselves, as the primary carers for our children, time management will be one of the greatest hurdles that we must overcome to fulfill our goals, whatever they may be.

Time is a significant and unique commodity because it is limited and more cannot be created however hard we work or however successful we are at managing our time.  In fact the harder we work, the faster time seems to slip through our fingers and we almost never feel that we have made the best use of it.

There is never enough time. There’s always more we could have done if only we had more of it. We find that certain tasks take exactly the amount of time we allotted for them and as a result we often regret that we didn’t give ourselves less time for a task, because of course the task would have then taken less time and we could have done something else with the extra time.

Time is also so significant because we are finite beings. We’re visitors on this earth racing to get things done and to leave the world a better place than we received it. There’s a lot riding on us.

There’s no right way to do things. There is no one objectively right way to manage our time. The challenge is to figure out what our priorities are and to set a framework that enables us to fulfill our goals. Good luck to us.

Because it’s the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana was just a few days ago, I want to wish us all, Jews and non-Jews alike, a year of fulfilled goals. A year in which we’re able to maximize the use of our time for our benefit, the benefit of our families, loved ones and our society.

Shana Tova.

(I won’t be posting for the next couple of weeks, but I’ll be back on October 1st. Until then happy sukka-sitting!)