Time management is an extremely popular topics in productivity literature, to the point that is seems to have become a synonym for "productivity". Some popular thinkers brought to our attention the fact that there's more to productivity than managing time. In fact, some, like famed author of the book (and father of the movement) "Getting Things Done" David Allen, have gone so far as to say there's no such thing as "time" management.
We don't manage time. Time just happens. What we manage are our actions within the time we have available to us, which is the exact same amount of time that is available to everyone else on the planet. Instead, David Allen says we should focus on action management: the things we need to get done to achieve the outcomes we want.
In the book, The Power of Full Engagement, authors Tony Schwartz and James E. Loehr introduce another paradigm: energy management. They argue that energy is what allows us to complete our tasks and achieve our goals, and we have to ensure that we are continuously refueling our energy and respecting our energy cycles for peak productivity.
Every take on productivity offers an important contribution to the space. We don't have to choose one over the others. We can be mindful of all these factors and recognize the factor most relevant to us in any given situation.
I like to set time boundaries between projects and life commitments, be attentive to my energy, and organize my tasks based on actions to take.
We can also think of managing our selves, relationships, interests, curiosities, and any other lens that offers us better clarity on what we want to achieve and how to achieve it.
What is your angle when it comes to staying productive, and what factor do you think of managing?