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Understand the planning fallacy

We often think 8 hours of work time means we can schedule all 8 hours. However, most people have at best 2.5 hours of real productive time a day.
At work, most people spend:

  • 15% of their time in meetings,
  • 25-30% on email, chat, and video calls, and
  • 40% multitasking and working sub-optimally.

This breakdown can help you understand the limitations you have to work within. The goal is to be realistic about what you can do with the time you do have.

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To feel motivated, you first need to act, then motivation will follow.

Time anxiety is the feeling that you have not done enough to meet your goals or that you're not using the time you do have effectively.

The irony is the more we focus on the limited time we do have, the more restricted our time feels.

Ask yourself what a good day looks like at work and home.

  • Maximizers try to make a choice that will give the maximum benefit later on.
  • Satisficers make choices according to their set of current criteria. Nothing more.

Overcoming time anxiety boils down to awareness, understanding, and action.

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