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We usually check the time using smartwatches and smartphones, which have clocks tallying the time with signals from atomic clocks, some of which are installed on GPS satellites.

The signals from atomic clocks are now becoming increasingly accurate, allowing us to measure gravity waves in ways previously unimaginable.

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Time Management

A work-life balance

The concept of a work-life balance suggests that work and life are two separate entities that need to be kept equal. Historically, labour was a necessary struggle and was seen as a means for sustenance and survival. It is no wonder that work is seen in a negative light.

But what about creative work or intellectual work? When we research a topic out of curiosity, is this unpaid work?

GTD (Getting Things Done)

GTD is a productivity method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.

Its 5 principles are:

  • Capture
  • Clarify
  • Organize
  • Reflect
  • Engage
The Noise Playlist

The specific stimuli of a coffee shop: a combination of noise, casual conversations and visual variety provide us with a low-level distraction that is conducive to creativity.

The low-to-moderate levels of ‘ambient noise’ boost our abstract thinking, creativity, decision making and senses, something known as stochastic resonance.

We don't need to be able to improvise to achieve flow states. We can turn off the constant time-keeping moments when in artistic rapture or contemplation. Activities such as meditation, hypnosis, and daydreaming can also induce altered states of consciousness.

During improvisation, a performer's moment-to-moment decisions and actions may feel as if they happen outside of time and without intention. But, if performers become overly self-aware or self-conscious for too long, they can lose the flow state, and their performance will suffer.

Increasing Your To-Do-List’s Productivity
  1. Divide it into the following categories: Today, This Week, Later This Week, Long Term.
  2. Once you complete a task, delete it. If you need to follow it up, make a new entry for it.
  3. In the long-term section, keep notes about future big projects you want to execute.
  4. Keep it synced through all your devices so you can edit it anytime.
Addressing Myths About Productivity
  • During a given day, if you accomplish what you intended to do, you had a productive day.
  • Certain ‘productive’ work like answering email or replying to messages is actually a distraction, and can be better managed by blocking specific time slots for execution.
  • You are not on track if you are not doing what is the main objective of the day.
  • Work does not mean ‘paid labor’ but encompasses community service, side projects and even hobbies.
Calendar Management Mistakes
  • Mixing tasks in the same time frame or attempting multitasking may provide an illusion that more work is being done in less time, but is ineffective and takes longer to finish tasks.
  • Calling one-on-one meetings and team meetings randomly or as per convenience will not do any good for the productivity of the employees, as they will be tied up attending the meetings and making the notes.
Don't waste valuable energy

We can't waste valuable energy on mindless activities while putting off what matters most for later.

In business, wasting energy means working on low-value tasks, and thinking busywork is the same as productivity.

The email experiment works as follows:

  • No logging in to any primary email accounts for the entire month.
  • Setting up automatic forwarding to an assistant to ensure nothing urgent falls through the cracks.
  • Setting up an auto-reply explaining the reason for the email sabbatical, the period, and ways to connect during this time.
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