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Some of my clients have adopted my system for keeping track of to-dos. My time-sensitive to-dos (for example, client appointments) go in my week-at-a-glance calendar. Anything I want to do in the next day or two but needn’t be done at a specific time goes on a 3x3 memo cube. Both sit on my desk, and I check them often during the day.

If I didn’t work at home, I’d use my phone’s Google Calendar for the time-delimited to-dos and Apple Notes for my not-time-delimited to-dos. Of course, you have to get in the habit of both writing all your to-dos and checking that list throughout the day.


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The Short-Time Guessing Game: Set the timer for two minutes. Check it when you think it’s been 30 seconds and again at 90 seconds. Repeat that until you can always get fairly close.

The Longer-Time Guessing Game: For your next few activities, write your estimate of how lo...


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Often, we become aware of a task that’s a higher priority than the task we’re doing. Too often, we reflexively decide to defer the higher-priority task because we want closure on the task we’re working on. Or we defer the more important task because the current one is more pleasurable. O...


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Time-management problems might derive from insufficient respect for the victims of their poor time management.

Most people don’t intentionally disrespect their victims. Usually, they just haven’t written it on their to-do list or don’t check the list often enough. Or they enjoy trying to c...


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Components of good time manager

A Harvard Business Review summary of the literature on time management describes three components of the good time manager:


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    Significance of managing time effectively

    Significance of managing time effectively

    • Good time management requires competence in four key areas.
    • Don't underestimate the toll that poor time management can take on one's career and personal relationships.
    • Understanding the cause of one's poor time management can help identify the tips most likely to improve it...


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    The Short-Time Guessing Game: Set the timer for two minutes. Check it when you think it’s been 30 seconds and again at 90 seconds. Repeat that until you can always get fairly close.

    The Longer-Time Guessing Game: For your next few activities, write your estimate of how lo...


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    Found some great insight on time-management, something that I really struggled with.

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    Solution for a good day

    I follow these points on a daily basis :

    1. I take 15 minutes every morning at the beginning of my day.
    2. I review my calendar for the day, what is already planned. It helps me not to be too greedy when I start to commit to the tasks I’ll do.
    3. I reprioritize what to do.
    4. ...

    The Mere Urgency Effect

    This bias addresses why we do unimportant tasks we think are time-sensitive over tasks that are not time-sensitive, even if the non-time-sensitive tasks provide greater rewards.

    How to overcome this bias:

    • Use the Eisenhow...

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    "Early-day and late-day time used to move at different speeds for me. Late-day time was  dense, tight, things happened, shit got done. Early-day time was loose, laid-back, chill — there was slack to play with, room to roam.

    It’s not that I wasted the mornings and early afternoons —...


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