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This really is a great idea, but I think it often lands face-first on the concrete of reality.
I’ve already done this with many of my recurring tasks, but depending on the job you do it could be that most of your time is spent on ambushes. So, scheduling a couple of hours at the end of the day to handle them isn’t an option.
Still, there’s value here.
In short, try to get as much as you can of your list of things to do into actual time slots on your calendar. And then work on those items during those periods.
This is good for two separate reasons:
It shows you how much or how little time you have during your day, so you can start pushing back on taking more work
It can also help you accomplish more by tangibly giving yourself only a small amount of time to do it (see the Parkinson’s Principle)
I’d say definitely try to move what you can to the calendar, but remember that you’re likely to still need to-do lists to handle some parts of your day–and that’s ok.
[ Sep 29, 2013 ]