Time Management

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Struggling to be productive

Having a sustainable productivity system is like a holy grail for us who aren't natural doers, but sometimes many of us after a couple of days, falter and forget to check on the interconnected lists and folders we are trying to maintain, but why?

Here are two reasons why we believe we falter on maintaining a productivity system:

  1. Productivity books have too many moving parts and they have a superfluous system that we couldn't be bothered to track; and
  2. Productivity books are always gargantuan projects that depend entirely on the time output of one self-starting person.
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Time Management

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  1. Prioritize rest and manage your energy levels by taking naps when required.
  2. Remove clutter and create clear work zones, helping you stabilize your focus.
  3. Combine boring tasks with something you enjoy doing, like listening to your favourite Spotify playlist while doing laundry.
  4. Do the hard stuff early on so that it does not get pushed up to the next day.

Scheduling office hours will allow messages to be received and be responded to on a schedule. By asking the other party to wait, you are giving them the chance to come up with an answer on their own, because if it's actually difficult, it's better handled in person than over email in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Asking people to discuss complex matters during regular office hours leads to better communication and fewer emails.

During the work-from-home period, demands on our time have gotten higher. Parents have to manage Zoom school, scramble to pay the bills with a second job, or they simply allow their regular working hours at home to extend passed office hours.

On top of that, we're lonely. It is then no surprise that we are trying to take back control. Scrolling late into the night allows us to imagine alternatives of things we could be doing.

Feeling overwhelmed by unfinished tasks

We often feel overwhelmed when we have too many tasks floating around in our heads. One way to calm that feeling of anxiety is to follow productivity guru David Allen's advice: You really should capture your open loops.

An open loop is any kind of commitment or task that's hanging around your life, but you haven't been able to deal with it. The birthday gift you need to send, that idea you had about a community garden, your desire to visit the pyramids.

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