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How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time

Not having a plan

We are spending more of our time in environments that have their own agendas. Most of the entities in our lives really want us to make mistakes in their favor.

Not having a plan, goals or a system in today’s world is dangerous because the default isn’t neutral.

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How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time

How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time

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Not having a plan

We are spending more of our time in environments that have their own agendas. Most of the entities in our lives really want us to make mistakes in their favor.

Not having a plan, goals or a system in today’s world is dangerous because the default isn’t neutral.

Control your environment

... or it will control you. We can’t control our environment everywhere we go, but we have more control than we usually choose to exercise.

If you banish distractions and control your calendar you can make sure your environment is ripe for productivity.

Write everything down

We all know how fallible our brains can be yet we routinely trust ourselves to remember and follow through on things.

If it’s important, write it down. Reminders, post-its, and calendars are all good tools.

Peak productivity

You have a window of 2-2.5 hours of peak productivity per day, usually starting a couple of hours after waking.

Those are the hours when you should be working on your most cognitively demanding tasks. The big projects. The stuff that really moves the needle.

The biggest time wasters

  • Meetings: Schedule your work time on your calendar.
  • Email: Most people simply spend too much time in their inboxes to accomplish anything of substance.
  • Multitasking

    It lowers productivity.

  • “Structured Procrastination”: Doing little things that give us the feeling of progress instead of deep work that really makes progress.

Email breaks

You don't need an email break. It won't refresh you.

Getting your head into and out of your work takes time. Switching tasks has cognitive costs that reduce efficiency.

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