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By the hour

By the hour

This works well for the chronic procrastinator: those who say they will do it later and then wonder why it never gets done.

Instead of getting overwhelmed, tackle your to-do list in small manageable chunks. Scheduling your time by the hour takes little effort to implement but provides real results.

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The method involves identifying your big rocks (i.e. your priorities) then planning your day around them.

Identify when your peaks/troughs are and plan your day around your energy levels. Alternatively, you can also work with your chronotype.

This works well for the over-promiser: those who overestimate how much they can do in a day.

This works for seasonal workers.

This method involves literally planning out each of your next hours, rather than your whole day.

This is good for the big dreamer because it helps with starting making progress on long-term goals.

When you have a plan for the month, it gives you a sense of what you can realistically get done.

Rather than planning your time, plan your goals. Ignore specific timelines and instead focus on progressing toward your key goals.

Theme each individual day of your week to a specific type of task.

Rather than trying to work flat-out, break down your day into a series of work-sprints with a short rest period after each session.

The 2-minute rule is a strategy for quickly assessing and taking action on small tasks so they don’t take up too much mental energy.

Planning for a year leads to a lax attitude throughout the start of the year, leading to a burst of frantic activity as the end of the year approaches. Forget about your annual plan and accomplish the same goals in just 12 weeks.

Eating the frog means taking the biggest job you need to do and tackling it at the very start of the day, getting it over and done with.

This is for the constantly over-committed - those who struggle to fit everything into a single day cycle. 

Assign every hour of your day to a specific task.

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