You may be thinking about time management all wrong.

Despite the ubiquity of technological advances, for many of us, time management is more of a problem than ever.

Whether you keep postponing finishing your client presentation because your boss keeps throwing new projects at you, or you can’t schedule your family vacation because you have too many high-priority tasks, getting a handle on getting things done can be tricky.

Nevertheless, as much as we feel genuinely stressed about getting things done, many of us also feel a spark of pride when we claim, “I’m too busy!” Research shows that busy people are perceived as having high status–and that this is a 21st-century phenomenon.