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“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. The most important factor while managing time is the time to completion, the deadline that is assigned to us.
Example: If we have to finish a report in two weeks, we will do it as demanded and present a finished, well-researched report by the end of two weeks. The interesting part is that if we had only three days to make that report, we would still do it. The fact that it took two weeks was just a mental deadline.
Shorter deadlines force us to focus on what’s important: 20 percent of tasks that bring about 80 percent of the results.
Deadlines and time constraints are not our enemies, but a way to help our mind get to work creatively. Set realistic goals and give them short deadlines. Most of the unnecessary work will get eliminated by design. This also helps to plan your days in advance, making sure that we don’t kill time doing unnecessary stuff.
Prioritizing your tasks in such a way that makes all the forthcoming tasks easier.
Time is of the essence and it is one that does not wait for anyone. Therefore it is our job to make sure that we spend our time wisely.
When we don't prioritize our lives and what's important to us, we won't go anywhere and we won't be able to reach our goals. Our priorities in life should be aligned with our values and our personal goals within the next decade.
It is one of the most effective time management tools.
Time boxing is about fixing a time period to work on a task or group of tasks. Instead of working on a task until it’s done, you commit to working on it for a specific amount of time.