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How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

“Work, Play, Fit, Push” Framework

“Work, Play, Fit, Push”  Framework

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.

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How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

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