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Break large projects into small, actionable tasks

Decide what the smallest, most doable next step is. Then list all the next steps with a deadline for each.

It's easy to procrastinate when a project feels overwhelming. Part of proper goal-setting is to be able to break larger goals down into daily tasks. Focus on making progress, not just on the end result.

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When you have a crammed schedule, it's tempting to think you can multitask. But studies find that focusing on a single task can be 500% more productive.

When you start to feel this way, take a break.

When you start to schedule your tasks, you may be too optimistic about how much you can get done. You may take on too much work or get stressed when tasks take longer than you expected.

To build a better time management system, you need to know what you currently spend your time on. You need to know where you're losing time to the wrong things.

Time management is about taking control of the time you do have available and using it optimally for productivity while creating balance.

Much advice about time management is about creating a to-do list, reminding you what you want to do. However, it's more important to use a schedule, which tells you when you're going to do it.

To get over those initial feelings related to procrastination:

Goals work great to get you motivated to do your work, but they don't tell you how you're going to achieve your goals.

This means that you should do your most important work when you have the most energy and scheduling passive activities when you're more naturally low.

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