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"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Manage your expectations about what you can accomplish

Before making a time block, learn how to properly estimate your workload for the day in order for you to be able to successfully accomplish tasks.

Your tasks need to be doable within the span of time that you've assigned for it. To do so, you must prioritize what needs to be done during the day and what can wait for tomorrow.

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Time Management

When tiny tasks become major irritants

We put off small jobs, like a quick email to a colleague or menial paperwork. We keep putting it off. We waste time thinking about how annoying the task is, but it does not go away.

These small tasks take up a considerable amount of space in our minds. But there are simple ways to bring them back to size.

Neuroplasticity

... is how the brain changes (for better or worse) in response to repeated experience: the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don't use fades away.

Nothing will ever get done if we wait for things to happen. 

Take the reins in your own hands to start a movement.

The 'enclothed cognition' effect

We know that what we wear affects our mindset. Our work attire helps us into our role.

Researchers found that volunteers performed better on attention-related tasks when they put on a doctor's lab coat. Another 2014 study found that volunteers negotiated more effectively when they wore a black suit compared to those who wore a tracksuit.

Open-ended tasks

Open-ended tasks are any tasks that don't have a definite endpoint. Activities like "studying", "working" or "tweaking" waste your time and cause procrastination. "I should really study" is open-ended because it does not have a specific to-do list to learn the material.

A solution is to close all the ends. Set up specific to-do lists which outlines your tasks on what needs to be done. When the to-do list is completed, you stop.

  1. Don't answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Don't waste time knowing the one who called, leave it in the voicemail.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night to stop you from scrambling your schedule and difficulty of sleep.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time. Ask for it in advance for preparation.
  4. Do not let people ramble. Always get to the point.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers. 
  7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize. Know what is urgent and important.
  8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7 to prevent your personal life interrupted by work.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.
Facing the productivity dragon

When facing a seemingly untenable set of obligations - as many now have to juggle work responsibilities with closed-school childcare - it's still best to determine the full scope of the challenge.

Write down everything that's demanded of you, even if you can't get to all of it. Then make the best plan you can. The comfort is in the planning, not the achievable outcomes.

Being a productivity junkie

The brain can become addicted to productivity just as it can to other addiction sources, such as drugs, gambling, or shopping.

As with all addictions, the desire for the stimulant continues to increase while withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.

Working alone

Being in a space that's free from distractions while managing your time may sound perfect. But working alone is not a cure-all. Remote work can make you realize that the battle was never external; it's internal.

Working alone is about creating a space where concentration becomes accessible. However, sitting in solitude for a few minutes makes you get up to grab a snack or check Twitter. Or you don't know when to call it a day.

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