The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency
Sometimes important tasks stare you right in the face, but you neglect them and respond to urgent but unimportant things.
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Time, not money, is your most valuable asset. Invest your asset:
Modern technology has evolved to exploit our urgency addiction. You can be distracted simply by hearing or feeling your phone vibrate, even if you don't pick it up.
If you get excited and take on too much, you'll be spending your energy all over the place.
Spend most of your time on the right things and the rest takes care of itself. It's not enough to just 'work hard'.
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Time management can be tough. What is urgent in your life and what is important to your life are often very different things:
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Decisions and choices that you make throughout the day tend to drain your willpower. You're less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning.
If you do the most important thing first, then you’ll never have a day when you didn’t get something important done.
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Some mornings we feel motivated to create a to-do list, but that is often the exception. We need to get things done, even when we feel disengaged.
Start by setting the alarm for your daily planning session at the same time every day. Tack your new daily planning session onto an existing habit like drinking your morning coffee.
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Switching between tasks can have damaging costs to our work and productivity.
Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.
“Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.”
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