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15. Doing Routines Instead of Habits

Habits are routines that you do with little or no conscious thought, also meaning little energy investments.

Time management tips:

  • Build the habit loop. Choose a trigger, execute the routine and do something enjoyable afterward. Let’s say at 10 a.m. you have a standup meeting (trigger). Next, you disable notifications, put your headphones on and attack the most demanding task (routine). After that you go for lunch at around 2 p.m. or whenever you are done. 

* check Atomic Habits by James Clear


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20. Not Taking Technology Along

On the one hand, an increasingly digitalized lifestyle shortens our attention span and concentration abilities that can be compared to those of a goldfish. 

On the other hand, modern tools can save you hours if used wisely.


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18. Not Conserving Your Brain Power

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 externa...


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16. Avoiding Automation

Regardless of our occupations, many aspects of our jobs are repetitive and open to automation.

Time management tips:

  • Improve routine tasks. Review your routine activities regularly and brainstorm ideas of how you could tackle them even more effec...


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7. Lack of Regular Time Management Review

Review not only your daily and weekly performance but look into monthly and half-year reports to get a birds-eye view of your efforts.

Time management tips:

  • Avoid


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8. Not Being Able to Cope With Stress

Persistent exposure to stress can put your health and performance at risk.

Time management tips:

  • Identify your stressors. Practice journaling, search for patterns and look into ways to cope with stress.
  • Develop healthy responses t...


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14. Not Managing Distractions

Emails, notifications, social media, paper clutter, low-priority tasks - learn how to manage these effectively. 

Time management tips:

  • Define your boundaries. Make time for phone calls and emails, use chat statuses to communicate when you are ava...


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1. Being a Perfectionist

Perfectionists strive to deliver high-quality work, but their high standards cause stress, burnout and anxiety in the long run.

Time management tips:

  • Get comfortable with imperfection. Ask yourself: "Am I being productive? Can I get more results ...


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4. Lack of Vision

Without vision, you can't create the results you want and feel joy and excitement to keep on going.

Time management tips:

  • Get a bird’s eye view. Think of how your tasks at hand contribute to your personal or professional goals. Maintain your focu...


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6. Not Tracking Time

Time tracking reveals unexpected trends and insights and ecourages a more strategic approach to time management. 

Time management tips:

  • Pick a time tracking tool: a timesheet app, a desktop time tracker, a mobile app, a


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11. Being Bad at Estimating Time

Most of us tend to underestimate how long projects and tasks will take us to finish. 

Time management tips:


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17. Not Breaking Down Big Projects

Big projects look overwhelming and often lead to stress and procrastination.

Time management tips:

  • Break it down. Whenever you start a new task, break it down into steps that you can complete in 20–30 minutes, even if they look trivial.


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13. Not Mastering Your Skills & Tools

Without mastering hard and soft skills, no amount of time management advice can make you grow faster and achieve more.

Time management tips:

  • Hone your professional skills. Review your skills regularly, think of how you could improve them, what ad...


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2. Not Being Able to Concentrate & Maintain Focus

It happens to the best us when our minds are wandering, making us unable to concentrate.

Time management tips:

  • Use peak performance time. Use the most productive parts of the day to do the most demanding tasks.
  • Take breaks -


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3. Scheduling Tasks Ineffectively

A never-ending circle of tasks may feel devastating, cause stress, depression and burnout. 

Time management tips:


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5. Never Thinking About Tomorrow

Develop strategical thinking and set short-term goals to achieve extraordinary results.

Time management tips:

  • Develop awareness. Think about how your time and efforts you invested today will contribute to your tomorrow’s reality and bring you clo...


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9. Not Practicing Attention Management

Attention management - the ability to recognize your brain state and consciously shift yourself into the state that will serve you best at the moment.

Time management tips:


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10. Doing Everything On Your Own

We all have 24 hours in a day and limited energy capacities as human beings.

Time management tips:

  • Outsource. Weigh the opportunity costs, take some load off your shoulders and focus on hign-impact activities.
  • Automate your ro...


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12. Being Busy Instead of Effective

Busy time doesn’t bring you closer to your goals, making you feel anxious and unsettled - maximize the productive time.

Time management tips:


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19. Being Unmotivated

Time management tips:


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