I do a good bit of studying about time management techniques. Time is one of those things that we have an unknown, fixed allotment of. We either use it wisely, or watch it slip through our fingers and wonder where it all disappeared to.
One of my favorite books on the subject is "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. He brings up some pretty interesting points about the concept of "managing time". First and foremost, there is no such thing. Doesn't exist. You can't really "manage time". No matter how hard you try, "You don't manage five minutes and wind up with six".
What you can manage is actions. Choices on where to spend your time.
That makes a lot of sense. It's all about priorities, and wisely choosing how to spend the allotment of time we do have on the things that matter most.
Another gem of wisdom goes like this:
"You can do anything, but not everything."There is a lot of anxiety and "beyond-the-mark"-ers that could be curbed by those words.
This got me thinking of how this can apply to things besides just your to-do list.