Time Management

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Distraction vs traction

The best way to understand the term "distraction" is to know what it is not. It's not focus. Distraction is something that pulls us away from what we want. Traction is the opposite of distraction. It is the action that moves us toward what we really want.

The difference between traction and distraction is planning. There's little wrong with scrolling through Facebook or watching YouTube videos if you plan to do so. It is when you do it without the intention that it becomes problematic.

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Time Management

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Our Perception Of Time
  • Our sense of how time passes speeds up as we reach middle age. Years rush by faster and we all wonder where did the summer go?
  • Our perception of time starts accelerating and the reason may be our decreased mindfulness about our surroundings.
  • As we grow older, we categorize each day or activity as a generic type of experience, like ‘workday’, or ‘beach walk, or ‘Sunday Golf’.
  • Time flies when we are having fun or are in a highly aroused state, something which Einstein noted when he studied the relativity of time, and how emotions change our time perception.
Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time allocated to it.

We should give ourselves a self-imposed deadline to complete a task. It will ensure that we avoid unnecessary time-wasting and that we actually get stuff done.

  • The stressful work, stuff that we don’t want to do, or are not in control of, will feel depleting as there is no motivation to do so.
  • If we are motivated to do something, and it is rewarding for us in any way, we can be pushed towards doing it beyond our physical capability and yet not exhaust ourselves.
The Planning Fallacy

The Planning Fallacy is a prediction error that one repeatedly makes, misestimating the time it takes to complete a certain task.

This usually happens when trying to complete an unpleasant or stressful task, leading to postponement, procrastination and eventually missed deadlines.

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