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4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want

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Many people use to-do lists without considering the amount of time it takes to complete a task

Practice  "timeboxing" your schedule: assigning a maximum amount of time for an activity. It can help give context and limits to ambiguous tasks.

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4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want

4 Steps to Breaking Free from Time Constraints and Living the Life You Want

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Mastering ‘internal triggers'

To master time, master your ‘internal triggers.’

Try to understand the uncomfortable sensations you're trying to escape when you reach for your cell phone or email account, then learn new techniques for managing that discomfort in a healthier manner.

Remove external triggers

A simple way to accomplish this is to manage the notification settings on your smartphone. 

Try turning off personal email notifications. Unless social media is part of your job, consider turning off notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during work hours. Designate a specific time during your day to check personal communications.

Block out distractions

Use 'pact' like a way to pre-commit to an outcome when you know you're likely to get distracted.

This could be as simple as working with a friend for a set period of time where you keep each other accountable.

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