Pre-crastination

Pre-crastination

Doing tasks too early, the opposite of procrastination is also a cause of being avoidably busy.

We end up doing trivial tasks that are not required or not that urgent, at the expense of our real work.

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Time Management

theguardian.com

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Being "Very Busy"
To keep complaining to others about how busy you are is useless and it makes others anxious around you.
It also shows you may not be really busy otherwise you would be working instead of talking about the work you have to do.
Respect your rhythms and body clocks

Humans are not a machine or a piece of equipment, that can be made to work overtime and show more productivity.

We don't work like a machine, and working more hours does not mean more actual work. If we respect our body clock and work with it, we can be more productive.

Strategic  Incompetence

At your workplace, if it is accepted by you and declared to your peers that you are not good at doing a certain job or task, you will not be assigned that type of job. This way you can be less busy doing mundane time-consuming work.

Work Creates More Work

Some work (like answering all your emails to clear your inbox) creates more work, and while completing that work may seem like being productive, it is, in fact, adding to your workload by generating further tasks.

Slow Down

We live in an urgency-addicted world, fueled by technology.

While it may seem counterintuitive, it is a good idea to slow down during pressing urgencies.

Accept Defeat

Time and resources are limited but 'everything that is to be done' is always unlimited, so there is bound to be a compromise, a trade-off.

Something will always be neglected or deprioritized, no matter what you do.

Busy Being Busy

We are far too busy in ways not imagined before, though productivity hasn't increased proportionally. Studies show we have more leisure time than before but have become overwhelmed with an infinite number of options.

Reclaim your time and your sanity instead of being busy all the time.

Limit Your To-Dos

Just have a 5 item limit on your daily to-do list instead of an endless and overwhelming list of work to be done, staring at you all day.

Build Buffers in Time Allocations

A task normally takes longer than the time allotted, so it is a good idea to allow buffer time around tasks so that any unexpected work or meeting does not delay the planned completion time.

Don't Hoard Your Time

We normally safeguard and 'hoard' our limited time.

If you feel you have no time, just do something opposite: give away some time, so that you can feel its abundance.

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Chronic busyness

Being chronically busy can become a badge of honor. It makes you feel important.

It can also hurt your health. The long hours, stress and lack of relaxation time can result in insomnia, headaches and fatigue.

Busyness is a myth

Although people feel much busier with work these days, the total time people are working – whether paid or otherwise – has not increased in Europe or North America in recent decades.

Recharge yourself physically
  • Take a warm bath. Try using Epsom salt in your bath. 
  • Use an exfoliating scrub to help recharge your body by improving blood circulation.
  • Change your diet
  • You can help recharge by stretching your muscles for just five minutes every few days. 
  • Exercise — even just for 20 minutes — can leave you feeling energized for hours.
  • Aromatherapy. Scents such as lavender and sage are believed to be particularly relaxing to those under stress.
  • Set up a healthy sleep schedule by going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day.
  • Get regular rest. 60- to 90-minute naps can be a great energy booster. 

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