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

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.

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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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When faced with distraction, keep your goals in mind

Thinking about your long-term goals when you’re tempted by distraction gives your brain a sense of control and can release dopamine which will make you feel better and more motivated.

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Focus On Keystone Habits

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Use “Minimum Viable Effort”

Focus on baby steps. The key to new good habits is to do the minimum and be consistent.

Do not be ambitious at the beginning. That leads to failure. Consistency is what you’re shooting for, so make the hurdle as low as possible.

Make A Plan

Thinking about the details makes you more likely to follow through. 

Just writing down your plan also makes a big difference in effectively committing to your goals.

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Steps for Better Time Management

  1. Add as much as you can into the system. You can email yourself things to do, or put them in your calendar, or take quick notes, or take a picture.
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Organizing Less And Doing More

It’s easy to spend time organizing a to-do list and forget to do the things in the list to avoid that:

  1. Pick an app that will automatically sync information on multiple platforms so you have flexibility without the work it would take to update manually.
  2. Use an app ecosystem that allows easy integration of calendars, to do lists and email for maximum efficiency.