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Free time is not wasted time

As long as you interpret time management as a tool to connect your desired outcomes and the time available to you, free time may turn out to be much, much more productive than what you were doing before.

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Time management thinking improves your other skills
  • You learn to take your time and make calm, measured decisions rather than last minute, panicked choices.
  • You also learn assertiveness as you delegate and say no to commitments, and patience as you manage your goals.

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You're not failing to reach your goals because you are incapable - you're failing because you're trying to focus on too many things at the same time.

Instead of focusing on what you need to do to reach your goal, visualize the outcome. If you think of the outcome instead of the steps to get there, you're more likely to pursue your goal. Then the steps will become a couple of manageable tasks.

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Our average working memory capacity is limited to three to five items. Anything that exceeds these limits has a high chance of falling out of our brains.

Time management tips:

  • Use external storage: organizers, notes, task apps and software to unload your mind and come back to these tasks when needed.
  • Use collaboration software to brainstorm and discuss ideas with your team.
  • Simplify everyday choices. Reduce the number of everyday choices not to waste your energy on trivial decisions.
  • "A” items are most important: the things that you must do.
  • "B” items only have minor consequences: tasks that you should do, but they only have mild consequences.
  • “C” tasks have no consequences: they have no effect at all on your work life.
  • “D” for delegate: the things that you can delegate to someone else.
  • “E” for eliminate: the things you should eliminate altogether.