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Apply the Yerkes-Dodson Law

The Yerkes-Dodson Law is a U-shaped connection between general arousal and execution. Research found that when an individual is too alert or too relaxed, performance suffers. Simpler tasks benefit from high alertness, while high alertness can hurt the performance of challenging tasks.

This means finding the right degree of stimulation to keep focused, for example, a noisier coffee shop or a quiet library.

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10 tips for mastering time management at work
  • Figure out how you're currently spending your time. ...
  • Create a daily schedule—and stick with it. ...
  • Prioritize wisely. ...
  • Group similar tasks together. ...
  • Avoid the urge to multitask. ...
  • Assign time limits to tasks. ...
  • Build in buffers. ...
  • Learn to say no
  • Get organized
  • Eliminate distractions

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2. Monitor your time

As business guru Tom Peters said: What gets measured gets done. If you measure the time you spend you can identify areas where you can adjust and improve.

Try measuring your time just for a week, or even a day. You'll be surprised where you find pockets of poorly used time that you can reapportion.

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