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"Time was God's first creation. " ~ Walter Lang

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Mere Urgency Effect - Urgency trumps importance

The effect shows our tendency to prioritise perceived time-sensitive tasks over non-urgent tasks, even if the non-urgent jobs carry greater rewards.

This cognitive bias reveals why we will rather respond to emails at the expense of meaningful work. Moreover, research shows that people who feel generally busy are more likely to fall for the Mere Urgency Effect and are less likely to use their time well.

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Time Management

The Mere Urgency Effect: Why We Let Unimportant Tasks Take Over Our Days

blog.doist.com

Giving attention to your workspace

When we want to improve our productivity and output, we frequently overlook the environment where we do our work.

We may be undisciplined about keeping structure in our environments. We may notice when we don't have space to put our papers, so we push them to the side. We can't find a pen. The computer "desktop" looks no better, and even a spotlight search can't locate our documents. But, a well-organised workspace can give us focus, energy, and a clear mind.

Set up your workspace to help you succeed

blog.rescuetime.com

Struggling with a perfectionist mentality

Perfectionism is a tool you’re using to keep you from reaching your full potential.

There is no perfect. People who struggle with perfectionism should learn to be aggressively imperfect. It's okay to feel vulnerable. We're all human, after all.

3 simple ways to stop being a perfectionist and become more productive

fastcompany.com

Three Forms of Time Anxiety

For us to be able to manage the eerie feeling of never having enough time we must know the three different forms it can manifest as:

  1. Daily Time Anxiety: the feeling of never having enough time in your day.
  2. Future Time Anxiety: dwelling on the “what ifs?”
  3. Existential Time Anxiety: the sense that you only have a limited amount of time in your life, and that it’s slipping away.

All three forms are valid and we must learn to soothe our anxieties ourselves because it's not like someone will be able to soothe them for us all of the time.

How to fight the feeling there’s never enough time

fastcompany.com

10-minute night routine
  • Decide the time you’re going to wake up and set the alarm for that time (put your alarm clock in a different room so you physically have to get out of bed to turn it off).
  • Have a few key objectives for your morning.
  • Set up literally everything that needs to be set up so that you don’t have to waste mental energy during your morning.

This 10-Minute Night Routine Guarantees Success Your Next Morning

medium.com

  • Practice environment-free productivity. Attempt to work for two hours in a cafe before proposing a remote trial.
  • Quantify current productivity. Document your work efforts.
  • Demonstrate remote work productivity. Rack up some proof that you can kick ass without constant supervision.
  • Practice the art of getting past “no”. “What would I need to do to .... (desired goal)?”
  • Put your employer on remote training wheels. Propose Monday or Friday at home.
  • Ask for more. Extend each successful trial period until you reach full-time or your desired level of mobility.
The Eighth Qualitative Habit

It's related to your ability to act instead of reacting when things don’t go your way.

Your reactivity impacts your attitude, performance, effectiveness and how others perceive you.

The 8th Habit Of Highly Effective People

forbes.com

Early Roman Calendar

In 8th Century BCE, when the Romulus Calendar was used, there were only 10 months, with January and February missing. Each month had either 30 or 31 days.

Winter months weren’t counted as planters and harvesters didn't care for those unproductive, cold months, resulting in 61 days of non-calendared time, and years with only 304 days.

Why Are There Only 28 Days in February?

mentalfloss.com

The Ultradian Rhythm

It is a biological cycle that lasts less than a day and happens in alternating periods of high and low frequencies of brain activity. Some researchers argue that it involves the balance of sodium/potassium in our system.

The brain works harder than any other organ and when we work harder than the usual what and tends to happen is that there will be a disruption to the balance of sodium/potassium and makes your brain call for a break. We also lose the ability to focus and concentrate when tired.

Why Working in 90-Minute Intervals Is Powerful for Your Body and Job, According to Science

inc.com

“Work, Play, Fit, Push”  Framework

1. Set priorities on Sunday.

2. Map out work (limit to top 3), play, fit (plan for at least 30 minutes each day), and push (do something that scares you but helps you grow).

3. Batch your days: in terms of creation, calls & meetings, etc.

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

fastcompany.com

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