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4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want

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4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want
No matter where in the world you are, no matter your race or gender, no matter if you're in ecommerce, have a brick-and-mortar, or haven't started a business yet, the most constant and important constraint entrepreneurs face is time. As an entrepreneur, there's nothing more important to success than how you manage time.

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Mastering ‘internal triggers'

To master time, master your ‘internal triggers.’

Try to understand the uncomfortable sensations you're trying to escape when you reach for your cell phone or email account, then learn new techniques for managing that discomfort in a healthier manner.

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Many people use to-do lists without considering the amount of time it takes to complete a task

Practice  "timeboxing" your schedule: assigning a maximum amount of time for an activity. It can help give context and limits to ambiguous tasks.

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Remove external triggers

A simple way to accomplish this is to manage the notification settings on your smartphone. 

Try turning off personal email notifications. Unless social media is part of your job, consider turning off notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during work hours. Designate a specific time during your day to check personal communications.

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Block out distractions

Use 'pact' like a way to pre-commit to an outcome when you know you're likely to get distracted.

This could be as simple as working with a friend for a set period of time where you keep each other accountable.

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Get an early start on the day

Early hours are important because they tend to be free of most distractions and give you an opportunity to get focused

An early start will allow you to squeeze in more time...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast is a crucial part of getting a strong start each day, especially if your morning routine includes exercise. Add a balanced, protein-rich breakfast to your routine and reap the health benefits, such as:
  • Balanced blood sugar levels, which helps maintain your energy throughout the day
  • Improved short-term memory and mood
  • Faster recovery and renewed energy after workouts

Better use of the commute to work

Some of the ways you can be productive during your commute include:

  • Catching up on podcasts or listening to business-related audio books
  • Hands-free calling to get a head start on critical or time-sensitive issues
  • Reading and responding to emails (for those who use public transit)
  • Researching and preparing for presentations

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The 2 kinds of work :

  • Deep work”: using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.
  • Shallow work”: all the little administrative and logist...

Cal Newport

Cal Newport

"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "

Cal Newport on time management

  • Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work.
  • Keep a scoreboard for deep work: The point is to shame yourself if you’re not up to snuff.
  • Stop saying “yes” to unimportant stuff;
  • Have a “Deep Work Ritual”: Hiding in a conference room and throwing your phone into an abyss is a good one.
  • Ask your boss how much time they want you spending on deep vs shallow work: If they say “100% shallow”, feel free to ignore everything above.
  • Requirements To Enter Flow

    To enter flow, you need appropriated self-control, environmental conditions, skills, task and rewards. Besides that, you must know what you’re doing, be able to see whether or not you’re ...

    Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi

    Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi

    "In the flow-like state, we exercise control over the contents of our consciousness rather than allowing ourselves to be passively determined by external forces."

    Self control to trigger a state of Flow

    To get into a state of flow more often, we need to be able to increase our level of control over our consciousness:

    • Find standards to determine whether any action you’re going to take is desirable towards getting into a state of flow.
    • Self-control and flow depend on immediate feedback; find ways to constantly monitor your performance and adjust as you continue.
    • Be wary of your mental energy. Define your work schedule to account for the variations in mental strength throughout the day.