Schedule in high-priority and urgent activities, as well as essential maintenance tasks that cannot be delegated or avoided.
Try to arrange the high-priority tasks for the times of day when you feel most productive.
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Set a regular time to do your scheduling.
Decide on a scheduling tool to use to organize your time. You can use pen and paper or choose an app.
Scheduling is the art of planning your activities so that you can achieve your goals and priorities in the time you have available. It helps you:
The space you have left in your planner is "discretionary time". Use it to deliver your priorities and achieve your goals.
Block in the actions you absolutely must do. These will often be the things you are assessed against.
Schedule some extra time to cope with contingencies and emergencies.
Some interruptions will be hard to predict, but leaving some open space in your schedule gives you the flexibility you need to rearrange tasks and respond to important issues as they arise.
If you have little discretionary time available, question whether all of the tasks you've entered are necessary. Some tasks can be delegated or tackled in a more time-efficient way.
If you find that your discretionary time is still limited, then you may need to renegotiate your workload or ask for help.
Start by establishing the time you want to make available for your work.
How much time you spend at work should reflect the design of your job and your personal goals in life.
When you take notes, you need to filter external information, summarize it in your head, and then write it down.
Your brain decides which pieces of information to hang onto for later, partly as a result of how much work you do to them upfront–so the more you mentally manipulate a piece of information, the better you’ll remember it.
Savings and investments should be part of a monthly budget even when young or just starting a career.
You cannot save enough if you are waiting until your late 30's before thinking about savings and investments. Then credit cards and loans will drag the savings with added responsibilities like marriage, children, care of parents, etc.
A time log is a producitivity-inducing tool that helps us keep track of the things we dedicate our time with. It provides a comprehensive overview of how our time is being spent.
Since the goal of the time log is to boost our productivity and efficiency, it does that by showing us how much time we really waste by not keeping track of time.
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