I think time management can also be called priority management. Why ? Because everything we do in effective time management is actually nothing but managing our priorities. To justify this, let’s see what the goal of time management is.
The goal of time management is how we can get the most of our time. Given limited amount of time, how can we use it in such a way that maximize our productivity ? Or put it in another way, how can we use it to maximize our happiness ?
The problem is, we do not have enough time to do everything we want. I have made a list of things that I want to do daily. And most of the time, I cannot make it. Or sometimes I managed to make it, but only by sacrificing some other things which should be of higher priority. I felt less productive then.
So I think the way to go is by managing our priorities in such a way that things with most impact will be done over the ones with less impact. We must be able to adapt to changing situation, and connect each situation to our vision and values to determine which activity should be done in any given time. It’s a kind of art.
One fact we must remember is we will never have enough time to do everything we want. There is no choice, we must sacrifice some (or sometimes many) of them. We must be able to make hard choices about what to do and what not to do. As you can see, it’s all about priority management.