Ahh, an empty calendar. All that free time and possibility, all the things you're going to get done -- until, that is, your coworkers see that free time and fill it jam-packed with meetings and obligations. Before that happens again, you have to get on the defensive.
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We've all done it. Thrown ourselves onto the couch, phone in hand, determined to like only a few Instagram pictures of dogs in backpacks and inspirational calligraphy work. Three hours later, you realise you've done nothing but make yourself feel a little bit sadder (your calligraphy work is just fine, by the way). You're able to track the time you spend on your computer pretty easily thanks to a host of time management apps, but not many exist for your iPhone, mostly for security reasons.
People are always telling you how to maximise your mornings, but your morning routine -- whatever it may be -- is fine. What you really need is an afternoon routine.
Calculating the value of your time can be useful for making money decisions, like how long it will take you to pay for that new gadget you want -- but there's a downside to it, too. Turns out, the old "time is money" adage can stress you out.
For some reason, I'm able to get my work done quicker and more efficiently if I'm on a tight deadline. If I'm writing a blog post, for example, the words seem to flow faster and more easily when I know I only have a couple of hours to turn it in. Entrepreneur Dan Martell calls this a "forcing function" and explains how you can use it to your advantage.
I don't know about you, but my world has been a little more stressful since... say, last November. Even without the continuous news updates -- and the time I spend reading them, along with the various Twitter threads that try to game theorise them -- I've got a lot to manage and balance in my life: I work part-time as an editor, my debut novel comes out this May, I'm completing assignments for a number of freelance writing clients, I teach writing classes and I'm a volunteer tutor. (And that's just the work stuff.)
You've been putting off reading that book for weeks, and you're supposed to have read it all by tomorrow. Whether you're cramming for school, or trying to avoid looking like a lazy bum in your book club, don't lose hope. You can power through that tome without forgetting everything and coming away with nothing.
It’s a common story, one day you’re training five days a week, rising through the belt ranks and hitting a new tier of skill and fitness every other month. The next, you’re getting barely any sleep and merely making it through the day is nigh impossible. But there are some things you can do to avoid quitting altogether.
There are some excellent time-tracking apps out there, but if you prefer the comfort of good old Microsoft Excel, here's some good news. A Redditor made an Excel-based to-do list with built-in time tracking, and the template is free to download.
It's an understatement that learning to say no is a critical life skill. It's important both personally and professionally, and once you learn how to do it without being a jerk, you have time to focus on the things you need (and want) to do, instead of other people's priorities. Here's a quick way to master it.
The most productive people seem to have it all figured it out. They have a to-do list and just rock at it, right? Well, it's a bit more than that. They make sure that what they do isn't just "busy work", but focused, daily work that steers them toward truly important stuff they want to get done. Here's how you can too.
This tip goes out to anyone who likes to stay as organised as possible, even when it comes to grocery shopping. You can make the process so much smoother at the checkout and when you put away your groceries at home by grouping similar items in your cart. Here's how it works.