96 SAVED IDEAS
The two-minute rule is a defence against procrastination.
However, it is important to understand the reasoning behind the rule. The little tasks that pile up on our to-do lists start to snowball and eventually feel insurmountable. We spend more time thinking about not doing the task and feeling guilty about it than just doing it, such as filing a receipt, tidying your desk, or wiping a mirror.
Communicate quickly. Never hold up communication with these two-minute responses:
Get rid of digital clutter
Get rid of chores
The two-minute rule has one risk: context switching. We can fall into the trap of completing two-minute tasks when we should be prioritising deep focus.
With everything that is happening around us in the world, concentrating can feel impossible.
Schedule some breaks into your workday and allow your mind to wander freely into the "default mode network."
The network is where the mind finds innovation, creativity and regularly make better decisions than the focused mind.
This means first turning your attention inward.
Spend about twenty minutes trying to think of someplace enjoyable while doing some form of low-key activity, such as walking, knitting, or gardening. Doing this throughout the day can help your mind gain a fresh approach to the job at hand.
Our days are full of distractions. Blocking out distractions is essential when we want to dive into deep focus—for example, turning off text messaging, notifications, and social media alerts.
Plan to respond to your phone and other screens after you've completed a period of sustained focus.
Learn to understand your body clock. Are you alert in the morning, or do you prefer working at night?
Schedule your most important projects during the period of peak performance. Resist the temptation to use that time for busywork.
Finding new hobbies is not only exciting, but it can help us discover new solutions to the problems we're facing at work or home.
Allowing your mind time to play helps innovation that is not possible when focusing on a problem.
It provides a reset time to consider what's really important.
Intentionally setting aside some time away from our screens and their interruptions can help us focus on the world outside our screens.
The goal of the focused life at home is to choose where to spend your time.
Unfortunately, our free time fails to live up to our ideal and instead of spending time on our hobbies, books or familiy moments, we get caught in the low-quality leisure trap - easy and available distractions like phones, television and social media, rather than the pursuits that actually matter.
Most of the meaningful things we could do in our free time require some kind of effort. And we sometimes lack the energy to do them.
We all want to be on our phones less, spend more time with our family, or dedicate ourselves to our hobbies. Except the day ends, we’re tired, and all of the things we value seem too difficult.
The feeling of effort is a sensation of opportunity costs. When you’re doing anything, and an alternative activity promises to be easier and more immediately rewarding, the activity feels effortful.
This explains why people could spend all their time reading in earlier eras. They could do so because this activity didn’t need to compete with cheaper stimulation.
A time log is a producitivity-inducing tool that helps us keep track of the things we dedicate our time with. It provides a comprehensive overview of how our time is being spent.
Since the goal of the time log is to boost our productivity and efficiency, it does that by showing us how much time we really waste by not keeping track of time.
There is an inverse correlation between the number of hours we work and the effects it has on our lives.
Studies point out that 40% of people are working at night (after 10 PM.) The same studies show that knowledge workers are only productive for 2 hours and 48 minutes a day (working on their most important tasks).
One of Aesop's fables is about the race between the tortoise and the rabbit.
In life, we have both inside us. One urges you to go fast; the other to go slow, but steady. Sprinting at times is good, but we should not think we can always rely on our speed as we will burn out. We achieve more by making a little progress every day.