For a definition to be effective and achieve its primary purpose which is to shed light on some ambiguity; So, a picture perhaps? They say a picture is worth a thousand words and since my editor will not give me that luxury lets paint that picture shall we? But how does a picture accomplish the tricky business of time management definition?
Enter life management as background. Life management is how we manage our health, finances and social interactions. All these are a product of our personal productivity which will dictate how well we eat, how long we sleep spend time with our families and friends.
Personal productivity is itself a factor of a skill set that one has to perfect to achieve these desired results. These skills are things that are inherent in us but which need to be fine tuned. Our ability to learn new things. The propensity to handle stress and control our minds. Good organizational skills, sound decision making, and the secret ingredient to stellar personal productivity and my personal favorite Time management!
Time management is part of personal productivity. However, time management is also the sum of a separate set of skills.
Goal management is critical as we are basically directionless as long as we have no goals. As is the case with most people we have several goals that we would like to achieve but without a task management system we end up not doing most of these things. It is imperative to know what needs to get done!
Prioritization becomes a necessary skill in dispensing with the most important things first. Well all these things ca not get done at the same time right? That is why some clever chaps came up with the modern calendar on your phone. Use it to make sure you are always doing what needs to get done!
There are two more skill sets that are crucial to nailing time management. These are managing procrastination which we all know all too well and having a follow-up system to ensure that every activity we undertook came to a conclusion regardless of the eventual out come of the said project! I will accept your accolades now on an effective time management definition.