Time management is not only about setting up systems to process and prioritize work. It is also about choosing the right work at the right time and avoiding work or distractions that sap your ability to get good work done.

Executive Summary

Honor your energy level. That's just one of the tips delivered by Professional Coach Marsha Egan, who advises that doing the most important task first thing in the morning isn't right for everyone. Here, she also explains why it makes sense to think about long-term goals before setting daily to-do lists. Self-management is key to time management, she writes.

In considering how best to maximize your productivity, let’s think about self-management, priorities, energy level, time available and the need to set boundaries.

I have always believed that time management is really priority management, which leads to the bigger perspective of acknowledging that it is really life management. It is not just about how to process your daily “to-do’s.”


Being clear on your priorities allows you to make choices about how to spend your time. But believing that you are in charge of how you spend your time enables you to select the right work at the right time.

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