Over-scheduling doesn’t work
it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:
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Also, scheduling back-to-back items in your calendar doesn’t account for the unexpected. Emergencies will always pop up and if your calendar is packed too tightly, you won’t have the flexibility to handle a crisis without completely trashing your calendar for the foreseeable future.
Instead of accepting every invite or request for help, be more selective so that you’re not spreading yourself too thin.
The easiest way to do this is by only saying “yes” to the things that excite you or that serve a purpose.
Schedule free time between tasks and meetings so that you can take a break.
It also avoids hard stops because of time restrictions. Providing yourself with a little wiggle room also prevents you from running late to meetings, like if you got stuck in traffic.
Mindfulness is all about focusing on what’s going on at this very second.
But, this could be anything that encourages you to think in the now, such as reading, exercising, doing a simple task like organizing your workspace, or calling a friend.
Have an idea of what you want to do outside of work.
Ask yourself: "What would I like to accomplish today that's meaningful and enjoyable for the people I care about in this block of time and me?"
Planning ahead and filling our calendars with various social activities that are supposedly for fun, leisure, and pleasure can make them seem like a chore. Simple, relaxing activities turn into work if we plan and schedule them like an obligation, as it will take the same type of effort as making a report or attending a business meeting.
Being impromptu and spontaneous in one’s leisure activities is what makes them enjoyable.
Time blocking your schedule
• Know your high-level priorities and goals.
• Start creating blocks for your time outside of work (morning routines, time with family/friends etc.)
• Schedule your most meaningful work for when your energy and attention naturally peak.
• Add blocks for reactive tasks each day (emails, calls, meetings).
• Write down your daily to-do list (for work, home, and family/social) and fill it in.
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