Time Management


What you can do about the urgency effect

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritise your tasks. The matrix is a framework to help you decide what work is really important and what work is not urgent.

  • Block off your most productive 2-4 hours each day and dedicate it to your most important work.
  • Only check your communication apps at specific times of the day instead of responding to the messages as they come in.
  • Give your important tasks a deadline.
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Time Management


Giving attention to your workspace

When we want to improve our productivity and output, we frequently overlook the environment where we do our work.

We may be undisciplined about keeping structure in our environments. We may notice when we don't have space to put our papers, so we push them to the side. We can't find a pen. The computer "desktop" looks no better, and even a spotlight search can't locate our documents. But, a well-organised workspace can give us focus, energy, and a clear mind.

Three Forms of Time Anxiety

For us to be able to manage the eerie feeling of never having enough time we must know the three different forms it can manifest as:

  1. Daily Time Anxiety: the feeling of never having enough time in your day.
  2. Future Time Anxiety: dwelling on the “what ifs?”
  3. Existential Time Anxiety: the sense that you only have a limited amount of time in your life, and that it’s slipping away.

All three forms are valid and we must learn to soothe our anxieties ourselves because it's not like someone will be able to soothe them for us all of the time.

In 713 BCE, King Numa Pompilius introduced two new months, January and February, added to the end of the Calendar.

As February was the last month on the list, it ended up being short (28 days) while other months were also modified to be either 29 or 31 days.

Knowing When To Take A Break: Pay Attention To Your Body

When you start losing focus or are unable to concentrate on the littlest tasks, do these to recharge:

  • Take a 10-20 mins break, nap, or breather
  • Take up less demanding tasks
  • Walk around the office while listening to something that relaxes you
  • Wind down with a snack
  • Look away from the screen because your eyes need resting to

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