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Many of us battle with the never-ending nature of our to-do lists. We feel overwhelmed because life admin is endless and invisible.
We can tackle this issue through GYLIO practices. In essence, GYLIO is about bundling tasks into a single morning, day or week to enable you to clear your mind.
GYLIO is a way for students to approach their problems with juggling so many opportunities colleges offer, from sport and culture to volunteering and leadership.
A week to 'take a breath' and get things done is essential. The list will look different for everyone. When parts of your life that you are usually on top of begin to fall apart, it is time to take a day or week out and attend to the little things.
Having multiple tasks on your mind splits your attention and that can reduce overall performance. This is known as "attention residue."
While we can't eliminate distractions from our lives, we can create a "ready to resume list" and plan a return to the task.
Overcrowding your list can make it feel too daunting.
GYLIO can give the impression that you can take care of all your life admin in a day. It can also encourage people to put off burdensome tasks.
1. Set priorities on Sunday.
2. Map out work (limit to top 3), play, fit (plan for at least 30 minutes each day), and push (do something that scares you but helps you grow).
3. Batch your days: in terms of creation, calls & meetings, etc.
Most people want more done during the course of the day, feeling productive if they have checked more boxes out of their to-do list. Time management has been a fad for a long time, equating productivity with the number of hours spent working.
The way we approach time management is proving to be a vicious circle of wasting time managing time, turning it into a problem rather than a solution towards productivity.