In the last half of the 20th century, what "work" represented in the industrialized world was transformed from an assembly line, make-it and move-it kinds of activity to "knowledge work."
Back then, work was self-evident. Now there are no edges to most of our projects.
Managing commitments well requires the implementation of some basic activities and behaviors:
Until those thoughts have been clarified and those decisions made, and the resulting data has been stored in a system that you absolutely know you will think about as often as you need to, your brain can't give up the job.
Pomodoro is doing focused work in 25-minute sessions throughout the day.
After each session, take a five-minute break. After completing four consecutive Pomodoros, take a 20 to 30-minute break.
Pomodoro is excellent for tackling tasks you don't feel like doing or jobs that require little thought.
However, other tasks, like writing or coding, require uninterrupted time. The problem with the Pomodoro method is that the timer is a consistent interruption that prevents you from getting into a state of flow.
It is a modified Pomodoro. And it solves Pomodoro's big problems.
Because you're not tied to a timer, you're more likely to find yourself in a flow state from time to time.
"A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure."
The key to this method is prioritizing your task list in advance — a dedicated weekly review is a must. Take stock of what’s coming up for the week ahead and make a rough sketch of your time blocks for each day. At the end of every workday, review any tasks you didn’t finish — as well as any new tasks that have come in — and adjust your time blocks for the rest of the week accordingly.
With days that are time blocked in advance, you won’t have to constantly make choices about what to focus on. All you need to do is follow your time blocked schedule. If you get off-task or distracted, simply look at your schedule and get back to whichever task you blocked off time for.
The Rule states “When you start a new habit, it should take less than 2 minutes to do.”So break down your habits into tasks that can be accomplished within 2 minutes.
The idea is to make your habits as easy as possible to start. Making a task from a habit short makes it feel less like a challenge and it works as a “gateway habit” that leads you down a more productive path.
The point is not to do one thing, but to master the habit of showing up. A habit must be established before it can be improved.
Mastering the art of showing up, the first 2 minutes become a ritual at the beginning of a larger routine. This is the ideal way to master a difficult skill. The more you ritualize the beginning of a process, the more likely it becomes that you can slip into the state of deep focus that is required to do great things.
... try this: do something you want to make into a habit for 2 minutes and then stop. And keep repeating.
This reinforces the identity you want to build and, eventually, you will feel like it’s a waste of time to do only the two minutes and will invest more time on.
This is a productivity and motivation technique used and popularised by Jerry Seinfeld.
Each day you complete your task, you put an X in your calendar. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. The temptation to skip a day will be weaker because you'll enjoy seeing that chain form, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt.
Not breaking the chain leads to momentum, the force that allows something to grow stronger or faster as time passes. But like everything else, momentum has an equal and opposite reaction.
Friction is the resistance caused when one object is moving at a different rate than another. Friction the enemy of momentum, the force that breaks the chain.
Sustained momentum toward a singular goal creates a compound effect.
This means that consistent, incremental changes can result in fundamental changes over time.
It's a system to save us from our endless to-do lists, which can turn any job into a lifeless chore.
It works on two principles:
Starting but not completing too many projects puts people at risk of the Zeigarnik effect, which states that people are better at remembering unfinished tasks than completed ones.
We all have the same hours in the day, yet how we prioritize our time and energy will dictate our ability to execute tasks efficiently.
Working smarter is the ability to be productive and efficient when working toward your goals, rather than looking and feeling busy and out of time.
Use your headspace to work smarter, and not harder, using the following perspectives:
The Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results will be generated from 20% of your focused efforts.
This was discovered when economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that 20% of his garden peapods produced 80% of his peas. Translated into your own life, you could benefit from spending more time focusing on tasks that yield greater results , and less time on the things that don’t.
Next time you find yourself working late, ask yourself, “Which 20% of my actions can contribute toward 80% of the end goal? “
Working when you’re overly stressed and tired does not make you more productive, nor should it be a badge of honor.
Try and establish a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up every day at the same time. If you can give yourself enough time between working and sleeping, you’ll have an easier time turning your brain off and relaxing without any screens.
Give yourself time to go on a walk, practice some deep breathing, and meditate.
It's a productivity system that teaches how to take a simple approach to improving your productivity, by encouraging you to focus on forming one productivity-boosting habit at a time.
To clear your mind and improve focus, get your ideas and to-dos out of your mind and onto a list.
Documenting to-dos in the moment lessens the likelihood that you'll forget to do something and gives you a master list of to-dos to reference when you're trying to decide where to direct your time.
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