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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

Schedule Intentionally

If you want to free up your Friday and have it as a day of uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like, you have to evaluate your weekly priorities and keep a close eye on your schedule.
Avoid to schedule meetings or other important things and keep on the table just casual stuff - a networking coffee get-together for example.

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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

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Schedule Intentionally

If you want to free up your Friday and have it as a day of uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like, you have to evaluate your weekly priorities and keep a close eye on your schedule.
Avoid to schedule meetings or other important things and keep on the table just casual stuff - a networking coffee get-together for example.

Focus On Priorities

Learn the difference between how you’re actually spending your time and how you should be spending your time, between urgent and important.
If you want to have Friday reserved as free space, prioritize the things you want to have wrapped up before Friday.

Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent, and not enough time on what is important.”

Tune Out Distractions

Maximizing every moment of your day means minimizing any kind of distraction.
Find a quite spot away from the office noise and close your inbox tab, to avoid the temptation to check you emails all the time.

Find Shortcuts

  • Save a canned response so you don’t have to draft the same message over and over again.
  • If there's a document you're repeatedly drafting, create a template.
  • Automate the menial tasks you have to complete daily/weekly.

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Make Back-Ups Of Everything

  • Make sure to back up your computer files.
  • Make duplicates for your car and home keys.
  • Scan your IDs, passports and bank details, and put it all in a secured folder on your computer.

Keep all your financial records, birth certificates, land titles and insurance in one folder, preferably in a safe.

Have a designated place for everything

  • Sort out your clothes, cleaning materials and everything else and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. 
  • Organize your work space well so that your every move is conserved, knowing exactly where everything is.

Doing this will take time, but it is easier to find what you need.

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The 2 kinds of work :

  • Deep work”: using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.
  • Shallow work”: all the little administrative and logist...

Cal Newport

Cal Newport

"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "

Cal Newport on time management

  • Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work.
  • Keep a scoreboard for deep work: The point is to shame yourself if you’re not up to snuff.
  • Stop saying “yes” to unimportant stuff;
  • Have a “Deep Work Ritual”: Hiding in a conference room and throwing your phone into an abyss is a good one.
  • Ask your boss how much time they want you spending on deep vs shallow work: If they say “100% shallow”, feel free to ignore everything above.
  • Something to look forward to

    Give yourself something to look forward to

    Set up a lunch for next week that makes you anticipate good things to come. People may be slow to reply since it's Friday afternoon, b...

    Organize the week

    Go through next week's calendar and plan out the entire week

    Set reminders (mail and phone) for all the meetings, deadlines, and to-do items. Appoint to every task a specific time slot.  You'll clear your mind of that nagging feeling that you forgot something and have a truly relaxing weekend, leaving you happier on Monday.

    Shake up your routine

    Make a list of your typical distractions, the habits and stressors that keep you from starting the workweek with a bang. 

    Make a list and then write down what you will do instead. Create a new routine that's uplifting and energizing. Put it where you will see it first thing Monday morning.

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