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?"
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it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:
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.
Scheduling allocates specific time to various activities, and the strict adherence to the timing is what sucks from the activity all its leisure and relaxation, which is generally associated with ample time and freedom. Scheduling is also associated with work by default, so the leisure activities are tainted already if they are following a strict schedule.
Making weekend plans loose and flexible will make them fun in the real sense.
... instead of task management.
Task management is more effective than time management because these tasks come with clear limits which make them easier to manage. You know when you’ve started work on a project -- and you know when you’ve completed the job. It’s one limited thing at a time.
Polyphasic sleepers break up sleep into multiple short phases, which allows for less sleep overall and significant increases in productivity.
The amount of sleep in each phase can vary, with some people sleeping only in 20-minute naps and others grabbing larger chunks of sleep and then supplementing with naps.