Being truly productive is about more than just getting the things you need done each day. To be at your most productive you need to use all of your time to the fullest, and in that way you never really have a time when you’re “free”.
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Chris Guillebeau, creator and writer of the blog The Art of Non-Conformity, decided to take on a common request you probably heard at some point: "Let's talk when you're free." Guillebeau explains that this is a foolish request for productivity-focused individuals:
Productive people are never "free." They don't have 15 minutes on their lunch break to "have a quick call." They don't "kill time" -- a terrible phrase. You can always put a window of time to good use if you work for it. Productive people schedule their priorities -- not always their time, but always their priorities. When they don't have something to do, they find something to do.
Time is a precious resource that you only have so much of, so use it wisely. Remember, doing the things you want to do -- like spending time with family or friends, reading, playing games, drawing -- is still productive to you even if it's not work. Tell yourself that you don't have "free time", and schedule your priorities, because there is always something productive that can be done.
RE: "Let's Talk When You're Free" [The Art of Non-Conformity]