Time Management


  1. Challenge yourself to accomplish a big task once a day, for five days a week, and take it to four weeks.
  2. Keep a journal to record what works and what does not.
  3. Do a review and learn from your journal or from other people who follow your progress.
  4. Make it a shared goal with someone else.
  5. Enjoy the practice, making it playful and delicious!
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Time Management

  1. Pick a big task that is important and meaningful to you.
  2. Find a way to make the task enjoyable and meaningful at the same time.
  3. Break the task into smaller subtasks that are easier to start.
  4. Remove all distractions like your smartphone notifications, browser windows and other things vying for your attention.
  5. Take it as a dance and pour yourself in!
Starting A Difficult Task
  • Getting good at starting a difficult task is a powerful skill to acquire, and if we can just start the task, half the battle is won already.
  • Fear, stress, uncertainty and a feeling of inadequacy make it hard to start a big task.

We need to shift our thinking and take the task as an opportunity, an adventure, a playground to do something useful and fun.

Your Morning Alarm

We mostly use our smartphone’s alarm to wake up in the morning and rising up to a startling ‘beep beep’ sound can actually hinder our work performance and alertness.

Harsh alarms can disrupt our brain activity when awake, while the melodic alarm sounds like old pop songs can help the brain transition softly and effectively to a waking state.

Keeping a meeting to 15 minutes

Not every meeting can be done in 15 minutes, but for general day-to-day things, 15 minutes is ideal.

  • Work expands to the time you schedule for it. If you plan a 2-hour meeting, it will likely fill two hours and waste valuable work time.
  • If a meeting has a purpose, 15 minutes is sufficient and tasks can be made and assigned.
  • Our brain and attention spans have limits. The act of listening is equally draining as thinking hard about a subject. The more information we are asked to take in, the more difficult it becomes to stay focused.
Working from bed

We know that we're not supposed to have devices in the bedroom and that a good posture is easier at a desk. Yet, up to 40% of people who work from home during lockdown have worked from their bed at some point.

The practice may spark creativity and productivity. Samual Johnson, Florence Nightingale and William Wordsworth all worked from bed. Contemporary writers do too. And if you want to work from bed, there are some things to note.

  • Consider a tray table or laptop stand. It's important to keep your laptop at eye height to avoid any strain on your neck.
  • Don't use your tray table for drinks and snacks. Instead, use your bedside table or a small side table.
  • Keep a basket by the bed. This is where you keep chargers, pens, notepads, and biscuits.
  • Get new, firm pillows or cushions. Ensure your lower back is fully supported by using pillows and sitting up against your headboard.
  • Try to change the position you work in and stretch reasonably frequently.
  • Ensure you have a good power supply and wifi that reach the bedroom.

Consider getting washed and dressed before going back to bed to work. A clean and relatively tidy bedroom will be a more pleasant workplace.

A lovely neutral duvet cover works best as patterned linen can be distracting and busy. A throw or rug that you use when you work will help create a boundary.

The Pareto Principle is also known as the 80-20 Principle and it mainly revolves around the idea that we should focus on the few things that give you the most benefit.

For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on getting them done within a specific time. By restricting yourself to a small number of things, you force yourself to focus only on the essential.

Focusing On The Essentials In Life

Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.

Being constantly interrupted by many different tasks isn't going to make you successful, only distracted. So clear away the distractions and put most of your energy on the essentials and create something worthwhile.

A success list is a short, well-kept list that aims to lead us in a specific direction in an organized manner. If a list isn't built around success, then success is not where it takes you.

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. And if your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

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