Prioritizing your tasks in such a way that makes all the forthcoming tasks easier.
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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.
Working long hours is an inconvenience, and here is why you should take a pause:
By working long hours you are increasing your risk for cardiovascular diseases, generally poor health, and fatigue.
The boundaries between work and life are becoming more blurred and the ability to carry our work diminishes in return. Having busy schedules don't allow us to fully turn off, thus sacrificing the time we need to replenish our energy for our healthy and productivity.
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.
Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.
Focus on your 3 to 5 most urgent tasks on your to-do-list. Focus on one task at a time.
At least one of your Most Important Tasks should be related to your goals.
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