Time Management

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Working by event-time prioritizes the work over the schedule (e.g., starting work when ready and stopping when one needs a break). 

Viewing work tasks as natural events not only emphasizes effectiveness over efficiency, it also increases perceptions of control over time and greater enjoyment of the task.

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Time Management

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  1. In order to have a structured work-life balance, you need to know your internal clock. Your circadian rhythm impacts your energy throughout the day and to be efficient you should match your chronotype with your work style.
  2. Proactively bucket your meetings into chunks. Arrange your calendar events to make room for uninterrupted focus time.
  3. Go off the grid. Turn on 'do not disturb' outside of work hours.
  4. Rely on your peers.
  5. Observe and reflect on how you spend your time during the day.

If you remember a negative emotional response that triggered past procrastination, start thinking about how you can reframe the task. You can look at the task as an opportunity to learn a new skill, or frame it as a fun and enjoyable task.

Don't beat yourself up too much if you've procrastinated. It's not some sort of moral failure. A little bit of self-compassion might be all you ned to get back on track.

The 'enclothed cognition' effect

We know that what we wear affects our mindset. Our work attire helps us into our role.

Researchers found that volunteers performed better on attention-related tasks when they put on a doctor's lab coat. Another 2014 study found that volunteers negotiated more effectively when they wore a black suit compared to those who wore a tracksuit.

Once some people complete their to-do list, they add more work. This is a dangerous move that can sabotage your productivity.
Sources of open loops:

  • Studying. Do you have a specific list of learning activities, or do you just "study"?
  • Exercising. Do you follow a workout, or do you just exercise?
  • Work. Do you work from 9-5, or do you finish a list?
  • Writing. Do you write in hours, or number of words?
  • Communication. Do you speak when it's important, or just of fill dead air?

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