I often see people tweeting the following quote from John C Maxwell:
"Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have." ~ John C. Maxwell
I get the gist but is this helping anyone. I am not aware of anyone offering advice that is badged as time management that is different to those professing priority management.
Even if this is profound and game changing, the problem is that people cannot manage priorities either.
Priorities are subjective, ever moving and infinite. What is unimportant and non-urgent to you is the opposite to someone who is waiting for your work. Hence the stress and the drag into reactiveness.
The only thing you can really manage is your energy. So should we call it self-management? I am not sure.
Word gymnastics are not useful unless put into action. It does not really matter whether you colloquially call it managing your time or managing your priorities. What matters is what you do right now. And you can either be reactive or proactive.
Scott Hanselman says there are three types of work:
Work as it appears
Defining work (what work needs to be done)
We usually work from top to bottom, but we should reverse that if we want to get anything meaningful done.
It does not matter what we call it. What matters is what are you going to do right now?