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Why hyper-organisation can backfire

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The limits of time management

Many people see time management as a priority. That means allocating specific times to particular tasks to maximise productivity. But there's a difference between organising time to enhance productivity and viewing it as a goal in itself to define a life well spe...

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Time management started to gain traction when we began to believe that time equals money.

Some tasks don't fit well into scheduling. Tightly scheduling some intellectual tasks can decrease performance and scheduling fun tasks can rob us of their spontaneity...

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The emotional impact of over-optimisation

Too much optimisation can affect how we see time and impact our emotions.

  • When our schedules are disrupted, it can trigger anxiety and annoyance. But if we see interruptions as time worthy, we may see them as beneficial.
  • Research also shows over-schedul...

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Targeted strategies

  • Perform work tasks back-to-back, then leave large blocks of time unscheduled.
  • View the hour before a meeting as enough time to do something, not as wasted time.

Reframing how we understand the concept of time management.

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