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This works well for the chronic procrastinator: those who say they will do it later and then wonder why it never gets done.
Instead of getting overwhelmed, tackle your to-do l...
Rather than trying to work flat-out, break down your day into a series of work-sprints with a short rest period after each session.
Set a timer for 25 min and focus exclusively on your work f...
The 2-minute rule is a strategy for quickly assessing and taking action on small tasks so they don’t take up too much mental energy.
Ask yourself if a task is going to take you 2 minutes or l...
This method involves literally planning out each of your next hours, rather than your whole day.
Start the day by writing a list of what you intend to do over the next hour. Top up the list t...
This works well for the over-promiser: those who overestimate how much they can do in a day.
To prevent starting the day unplanned, plan your day the night before.
Assign every hour of your day to a specific task.
Take your day’s to-do list and estimate how long each task will take. Plan your day out by assigning each task to your calendar. Inclu...
Eating the frog means taking the biggest job you need to do and tackling it at the very start of the day, getting it over and done with.
Check out your to-do list. Pick the task you’ve been p...
Identify when your peaks/troughs are and plan your day around your energy levels. Alternatively, you can also work with your chronotype.
The method involves identifying your big rocks (i.e. your priorities) then planning your day around them.
This is for the constantly over-committed - those who struggle to fit everything into a single day cycle.
Theme each individual day of your week to a specific type of task.
When you have a plan for the month, it gives you a sense of what you can realistically get done.
Experiment with monthly planning and see whether or not it fits in with your productivity cycl...
This is good for the big dreamer because it helps with starting making progress on long-term goals.
Planning for a year leads to a lax attitude throughout the start of the year, leading to a burst of frantic activity as the end of the year approaches. Forget about your annual plan and ...
This works for seasonal workers.
Make a list of your annual commitments including work events and personal events. Plan your tasks around these events.
Rather than planning your time, plan your goals. Ignore specific timelines and instead focus on progressing toward your key goals.
For example, if you want to be President, you might choos...
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Productivity is directly related to your energy level.
Find your most productive hours — the time of your peak energy — and schedule Deep Work for those periods. Do low-value and low-energy tasks (also known as shallow work), such as responding to emails or unimportant meetings, in between those hours.
Before going to bed, spend 5 minutes writing your to-do list for the next day. These tasks should help you move towards your professional and personal goals.
You’ll be better prepared mentally for the challenges ahead before waking up and there won’t be any room for procrastination in the morning. As a result, you’ll work faster and smoother than ever before.
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Pursuing productivity for its own sake is counter-productive.
Most people feel able to complete more tasks when they start using time-management tools, but they don’t bear in mind that they can’t keep increasing their productivity forever, and they commit to more and more. In a few weeks, they are more productive but still frustrated.
Back when more people worked in factories, laborers did not have to deal with time management. At the assembly line, time was managed for you.
Freedom comes with responsibility: you have to think a lot more about how you manage your time.
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In order for any time-management method to be successful, you have to take into account people’s individual behaviors at work. There is no one-size-fits-all method for time management.
Give them a seemingly impossible list of tasks and they will have them done and dusted faster than a speeding bullet. But in their haste, they can miss things and prioritize nonurgent tasks.
Strategy: For this type, ranking tasks according to urgency is a good call.
Very sociable and upbeat but with a tendency to procrastinate, they often boast about their nonexistent achievements giving the impression they are more productive than they really are.
Strategy: breaking tasks into tiny steps, scheduling their resolution and setting reminders works well. Email management according to urgency is also crucial considering how much time it usually consumes.
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