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Science Says Healthy Scheduling Habits Make People Happier

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/333169

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Science Says Healthy Scheduling Habits Make People Happier
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Schedule everything has been a good management tip since it was first given long ago as "Schedule everything on paper." The suggestion still makes a whole lot of sense. If something isn't in your calendar, it doesn't deserve your time and energy.

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Over-scheduling doesn’t work

it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:

  • Hate the things that we used to enjoy.
  • Miss out on quality time with the most important people in our life.
  • Reduce the number of opportunities that may come our way.
  • Suffer from stress-related health issues.
  • Miss out on the little things in life.
  • Not be able to take a break and catch our breath.

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Scheduling fewer tasks

Scheduling fewer tasks
People who schedule fewer tasks get more done. It forces you to prioritize what’s most important.

Also, scheduling back-to-back items in your calendar doesn’t account for the unexpected. Emergencies will always pop up and if your calendar is packed too tightly, you won’t have the flexibility to handle a crisis without completely trashing your calendar for the foreseeable future.

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Say “yes” to less

Say “yes” to less

Instead of accepting every invite or request for help, be more selective so that you’re not spreading yourself too thin. 

The easiest way to do this is by only saying “yes” to the things that excite you or that serve a purpose.

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One priority for every evening

Have an idea of what you want to do outside of work.

Ask yourself: "What would I like to accomplish today that's meaningful and enjoyable for the people I care about in this block of time and me?"

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Add buffers

Add buffers

Schedule free time between tasks and meetings so that you can take a break. 

It also avoids hard stops because of time restrictions. Providing yourself with a little wiggle room also prevents you from running late to meetings, like if you got stuck in traffic.

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Become more present

Become more present

Mindfulness is all about focusing on what’s going on at this very second. 

But, this could be anything that encourages you to think in the now, such as reading, exercising, doing a simple task like organizing your workspace, or calling a friend.

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Instead of relying on a tool with all the bells and whistles, find out where you’re struggling and what’s essential for you. 

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Time management is only useful when you’re aware of your limitations and don't let the system dictate your entire life. 

In other words, when you don’t tread lightly (especially at first), time management can add more stress to your life.

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Focus

If you have a few projects at a time, focus on one. Work with intense focus. Do not allow distractions.

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