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The trick with using To-Do Lists effectively lies in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities).
Make sure that you break large tasks or projects down into specific, actionable steps – then you won't overlook something important.
Goals give you a destination and a vision to work toward. When you know where you want to go, you can manage your priorities, time, and resources to get there. Goals also help you decide what's worth spending your time on, and what's just a distraction.
Whether they come from emails, colleagues in a crisis, or phone calls from clients, distractions prevent us from achieving flow, which is the satisfying and seemingly effortless work that we do when we're 100 percent engaged in a task.
It's vital to know how to minimize distractions and manage interruptions effectively.
Procrastinators feel that they have to complete a task from start to finish, and this high expectation makes them feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Instead, focus on devoting a small amount of time to starting. Tell yourself that you're only going to start on a project for ten minutes.
All of us have different times of day when we feel most productive and energetic.
You can make the best use of your time by scheduling high-value work during your peak time, and low-energy work (like returning phone calls and checking email), during your "down" time.
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Trying to apply time management tools without having prerequisite time management skills is unlikely to work effectively. The prerequisites are:
The way to improve your Time Management skills requires us to figure out where to focus. This can be done by:
The key factor to consider when developing awareness skills is that effectiveness (doing things well) is as important as efficiency (doing things fast).
Spelling, tone and grammatical mistakes can make you look careless.
Written communication channels don't allow you to soften difficult messages with nonverbal cues.
Delivering a message in person makes it easier to pick up on signs that people have misunderstood parts of your message.
It's tempting to try to avoid difficult conversations, but this can cause further problems.
Remind yourself of items that don’t bring you joy, and contribute very little to your long-term goals.
This way, you’re unlikely to spend a lot of time doing time-sucking, non-rewardin...
During this allotted break, give yourself permission to do time-wasting activities (social media scrolling included) until you got bored and want to move on to your next task.
And if your job isn’t ideal for focusing on one thing per day, you can dedicate your morning to one focus area, your early afternoon to another, and late afternoon to another.
This way, instead of being overly restrictive about finishing a task in that time period, you have the flexibility to do any work that moves you forward in that particular focus area.