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The key point is not to use a to-do list as your primary time management tool. Items on a to-do list can sit there forever, constantly getting bumped by things that seem urgent in the moment. And having this list of things that still need to get done is the root cause of our underlying stress.
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Ultimately, if we aren’t jumping out of bed in the morning excited to tackle our project, it’s because our dreams aren’t big enough. They aren’t motivating enough. And motivation comes down to pain and pleasure. For the tough tasks you always ten...
To beat procrastination once and for all, you have to understand it. You don’t procrastinate because you’re lazy. You procrastinate because:
In Jeff Weiner's calendar, there is a host of time slots greyed out, but with no indication of what's going on. The grey sections reflect "buffers,"
He schedule between 90 minutes and two hours of these buffers every day. It's a system, he developed over the several years...
I try to reserve the morning for doing "real work." I find I can focus more in the morning whereas it's harder to get focused after having been bombarded by meetings, so I try to save meetings for later in the day.
When you master the practice of time blocking, using your calendar instead of your to-do-list. You can literally see your life’s priorities by looking at your weekly calendar.
Use a calendar and schedule your entire day into 15-minute blocks. It sounds like a pain, but this will set you up in the 95th percentile as far as organization goes. If it's not on the calendar, it doesn't get done. If it's on the calendar, it gets done no matter what. Use this not just for ...
Dan Ariely, a Duke University professor of psychology and behavioral economics, suggests that most people are most productive and have the highest cognitive functioning in the first two hours after they’re fully awake.
What I discovered is that highly successful people don’t prioritize tasks on a to-do list, or follow some complex five-step system, or refer to logic tree diagrams to make decisions.
Actually, highly successful people don’t think about time much at all. Instead, they think about values, pr...
Others choose to do the most unpleasant tasks early in the morning in what’s known as the “eat the frog first” strategy. It’s a procrastination-fighting technique that says if you have something unpleasant to do, just get it out of the way first thing. This is good advice if it d...
Invest the first part of your day working on your number one priority that will help build your business. Do this without interruptions—no email or text—and before the rest of the world is awake.
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A smaller to-do list is less intimidating and more achievable. There's nothing wrong with having a short to-do list if you're getting real work done. Start with your Most Important Tasks (MITs) and limit the list to three items, a productivity tactic popularized by bloggerLeo Babauta ....
Remove any items from your to-do list that you're not realistically going to do and put them on a "to-don't" list.
That way, you aren't wasting any time on the things that don't really matter. This will help you prioritize the more urgent list items and get through everything faster...
Having a to-do list is always much better than not having one. The list helps you understand what you need to get done.
A to-do list prepares us for what is coming and it reminds us of what we need to do.
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