Developing Adaptation Skills - Deepstash





Time Management Is About More Than Life Hacks

Developing Adaptation Skills

Adaptation skills are tested/developed in high-pressure or challenging situations while maintaining one's calm.

  • Tie your time management behavior to your already established habits.
  • Short bursts of effort work best for overwhelming tasks and they also help avoid procrastination.
  • Track your time and to-do list with an App, and provide a detailed description in the reminder for important tasks, ensuring your future self doesn't ignore them.
  • Avoid social media and minimize all notifications during critical work time.
  • Create a contingency plan while you envision possible outcomes of the ongoing plan.

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    Failing to Keep a To-Do List

    The trick with using To-Do Lists effectively lies in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities). 

    Not Setting Personal Goals

    Goals give you a destination and a vision to work toward. When you know where you want to go, you can manage your priorities, time, and resources to get there. Goals also help you decide what's worth spending your time on, and what's just a distraction.

    Not Prioritizing

    It's essential to learn how to prioritize tasks effectively if you want to manage your time better.

    Determine if a task is high-yield and high-priority, or low-value, "fill in" work. You'll manage your time much better during the day if you know the difference.

    Automate Decisions
    Automate Decisions
    • Transfer money to your savings account every time you receive a paycheck
    • Choose all your outfits for your week on Sunday and hang them in the closet in order
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    Single Task

    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.

    Brian Tracy
    Brian Tracy

    Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.” 

    The Wild Procrastinator

    You are indecisive and often deals with things in the nick of time. But procrastination has a physical and social toll as your body and your coworkers get stressed over it.


    The Perfectionist

    You are obsessed with your idea of perfection and end up spending way too much time on a specific task. This leads to feelings of being overwhelmed, missed deadlines and delaying other priorities.

    Solution: Make sure you have achievable standards that don’t get in the way. Train yourself to do things that fall short of your idea of perfection until you begin to accept that the “imperfect” but functional is enough for most things.

    The Underestimator

    You often miscalculate how long it will take to do something to the point of missing deadlines and having to reschedule.

    Solution: Schedule more time than you expect to take to finish a task, learn how to work faster and to estimate time more accurately. Reviewing past assignments duration will give you good time estimates for future reference.