THE GAME OF BUSINESS SOLITAIRE
Think of time as a deck of cards. Each day you get a new deck with 52 cards (just as you get 24 hours each day)—no more, no less. It's up to you what you do with the cards. You cannot say you don't have enough cards (time) because that's all there are. No one gets more or less.
The game of business solitaire has no winners or losers—just opportunity to progress. Note we say progress, not reach perfection. Perfection encourages people to freeze up, unable to take action. This wastes time.
In laying out the cards, do your best at all times. But keep in mind that no matter what your skill or how advanced your zeal, the unexpected card (phone call, meeting, etc.) will always turn up. How you handle the unexpected within the rules of the game is the rewarding part of time management.
When you turn to Chapter 1, take a moment to take a diagnostic test— about you and time. It will help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses in managing time.