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Work expands to fit the time available. That’s why we sometimes do our best, most efficient, work on deadline.
You don’t want to create unnecessary stress on yourself, but at the same time, you don’t want to allow your work to expand so much that you keep working on something for longer than needed.
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For many people, their top time thief is social media or aimlessly wandering the World Wide Web. For other, it is spending hours organizing their office.
It’s not the task itself that’s the issue, it’s whether or not it is the right thing for YOU to be doing.
We rarely actually take care of the email in the box, we just move it around as a sort of “reminder system,” which in reality usually only serves to create stress when you open your inbox.
Set aside time to tackle your email, including...
You might be falling into the trap of making yourself think you’re making progress when you might not really be.
Consider whether something you’ve put on your list is a small task that can be done almost as quickly as you write it down. If a task is only going to take you 5 to 10 mi...
Many of us fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re busy doing something, we’re being productive.
But “doing” is sometimes just a form of procrastinating.
We can legitimately expect that there will be an unforeseen glitch in most projects.
By building in time at the end of each day or even during lunch for new tasks, we are able to finish things that come up, without sacrificing the productivity of completing our to-do list.
The constant bling and buzz of our phone, email and texts can make it almost impossible to concentrate on what we’re working on.
If you are in the midst of a project, turn off your notifiers so you can concentrate and finish what you’re working on and then tend to other matters.
"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - Patton
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Sometimes we are bound by unnecessary things that actually have no actual impact on our life. Such things create anxiety and pressurize yourself to do something under stress.
The system to perform your best work is simply to continuously track your deep work hours. Keeping this record can be an eye-opener to how you spend your time. You may find that only a quarter of your available working hours are spent on deep tasks.
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