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The older I get, the more I realize what really matters in life.

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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

By the hour

This works well for the chronic procrastinator: those who say they will do it later and then wonder why it never gets done.

Instead of getting overwhelmed, tackle your to-do list in small manageable chunks. Scheduling your time by the hour takes little effort to implement but provides real results.

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 Danger Of The 2—Minute Rule

It’s easy to loose track of time after starting a 2-minute task. Although it’s a good thing that you can immerse yourself in a task that you had to use the 2-minute rule to begin with, losing track of time may leave you behind on everything else.

Pay attention to your schedule and prioritize properly.

Mental Fatigue: The Depleting Desk Work

Many people wonder how a desk job can be so mentally tiring. The ego-depletion theory states that there is a limited amount of mental energy which we consume while sitting and working, just like a gas tank guzzles up all the gas till it’s empty.

This theory is being challenged, as we may be wrong on how our brains and bodies consume energy.

People around us want our time and attention, which is increasingly precious and scarce.

Gossiping or unwanted chatting eats away from our work without us even realizing it. If we say ‘no’ to the time bullies that surround us, people may not like it initially but will learn to respect your time.

Urgent Vs Important

A lot of people make the mistake of turning down important work due to urgent work that comes up suddenly.

A task requiring immediate attention is an urgent task, whereas important tasks are those that when they're done, they will add value to the organization.

Avoiding Burnout

Just doing enough every day, even if it is not the whole list, is the key to avoiding burnout. Being 100 percent productive does not mean working 18 hours a day without a break.

Not working, relaxing, or calling it quits is part of the process of work, after we figure out what is ‘enough’ for us.

Taking breaks is key to better productivity

The harder and longer you work, the less productive overall you'll be. Research confirms that taking breaks before you're mentally exhausted is essential for productivity.

When you take time for a break, get up and stretch, get water, go for a 5- to 10-minute walk outside into some nature. If you don't plan your breaks, you'll end up taking unintentional breaks like surfing the internet because your brain is searching for relief. You'll end up needing a much longer break to recover.

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