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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

Stephen R. Covey

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

Stephen R. Covey

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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

https://www.fastcompany.com/3068122/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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Don’t Rely On Your Memory

If you want to remember things, don't rely on your memory. Put it in writing or in a digital notebook.

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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    Be Proactive

    Reactive people believe the world is happening to them. They focus on things that are in their circle of concern, but not in their circle of influence.

    Proactive people recognize th...

    Begin with the End in Mind

    Start with a clear destination to determine your steps. Identify your values and live by them.

    • Visualize in detail your own funeral. What are they saying about how you lived your life, and your relationships? What do you want them to say? Change your priorities accordingly.
    • Break down different roles in your life - whether professional, personal or in a community. List 3-5 goals you want to achieve for each. 
    • Define what scares you and write down exactly how you'll handle it.
    Go after your goals

    Prioritize your day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

    Be disciplined to follow these actions regardless of how you feel at any given moment. Maintain a primary focus on relationships and results, and a secondary focus on time.

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    Having No Routine

    Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

    Why You Need a Routine
    • It gives you structure, builds forward-moving habits, and creates momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself.
    • Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. 
    • It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation.
    Start the day with a mantra

    ... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

    Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.

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    Avoid having a Manic Monday
    • Write down your top 3 priorities to get done on Monday and plan your schedule around them.
    • Review your calendar for the upcoming week and tie key tasks or events to it so you know exac...
    Get errands out of the way

    Sundays are a great day to get your errands out of the way, like grocery shopping. Also, take time for cooking meals, cleaning rooms, or dropping things off at different shops. You most likely don't have the time and energy to do these activities after work.

    But don’t spend all of Sunday on these tasks. Even though they’re important, you still need some time to decompress.

    Schedule something fun

    Make sure you also do something you enjoy, like brunch with friends or spending time with your family. 

    This gives you something to look forward to during the week and it also helps you to disconnect.

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    Changing our minds
    Changing our minds

    While most of us generally agree on the fact that individuals do not really change their mind, or at least not that easily, recent research has shown that this is quite inaccurate.

    ...

    The "psychological immune system"

    We rationalize the things we feel stuck with.

    It seems like we free up mental space to get on with our lives by deciding things are not so bad, after all.

    Coping with changes

    Facing and eventually coping successfully with changes can make people go through all kind of emotions that finally lead to them changing their mind, in order to better adjust to the new situations.

    Thing that is perfectly normal, as it is easier to live at peace with your current life than oppose it endlessly and know only frustration.

    Community Is Vital

    Loneliness is not a problem in traditional societies. For 99% of human existence, we lived in small tribes. We were constantly surrounded by family and friends. 

    Research links loneli...

    "Mens sana in corpore sano"

    Having a healthy body is essential to having a sound mind. Exercising is a habit that’s been shown to lead people to create other, often unrelated, good habits. Exercising is also a proven way to improve the rate of learning.

    "Know Thyself"

    Knowing yourself allows you to seize opportunities and make better decisions as well as know what you and others should expect from you and how to counteract your personal flaws.

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    Boss-mode vs worker-mode

    Knowledge workers usually have to play 2 roles at the same time - the boss and the worker: They have to choose what their work is (boss-mode) and they have to do the actu...

    Limited attention

    Your attention is a limited resource and you have to be careful where you are spending it.
    If you choose to give away 80 percent of your attention to meetings, you will have 20 percent of your attention just for dealing with a few emails feeling overwhelmed.

    Levels of attention
    • Proactive attention: you are fully focused and prepared for your most important decisions/ most complex tasks.
    • Active attention: you're plugged in, but also easily distracted.
    • Inactive attention: you're likely to really struggle with complex or difficult tasks.

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    Starting with you

    Focus on you first as the foundation. Your beliefs, attitude, and energy will determine your success. Spend time building up your confidence. 

    • Jot down your compet...
    Thinking like a historian

    Your resume is a marketing document, not an autobiography that details every past role and responsibility. Your objective it trying to prompt a purchase decision, which is to invite you in for an interview.

    Delve into job boards and companies' careers pages. Pull a few postings, and find what theme or criteria keep coming up. For instance, if you continually find that they need someone who can solve complex problems and navigate ambiguity, and you can do that, then put it in your resume.

    Looking at the big picture

    Remember all of the skills you bring to the table. If you're applying for a project management role, consider highlighting the complementary skills you bring to the table. However, it should be a value add, not a random sidebar of your career.

    Showing how your specific background allows you to bring a new perspective to your work will help you to stand out above other candidates.

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