21 time management tips to hack productivity

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“Managing my time isn’t about squeezing as many tasks into my day as possible. It’s about simplifying how I work, doing things faster, and relieving stress.

1_Complete most important tasks first (this is the golden rule of time management; each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first)

2_Learn to say “no”

3_Sleep at least 7-8 hours

4_Devote your entire focus to the task at hand

5_Get an early start

6_Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down

7_Turn key tasks into habits.

8_Be conscientious of amount of TV/Internet/gaming time.

9_Delineate a time limit in which to complete task.

10_Leave a buffer-time between tasks

11_Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list

12_Exercise and eat healthily

13_Do less (do less things that create more value, rather than more things that are mostly empty)

14_Utilize weekends, just a little bit

15_Create organizing systems

16_Do something during waiting time

17_Lock yourself in

18_Commit to your plan to do something

19_Batch related tasks together

20_Find time for stillness

21_Eliminate the non-essential

22_One last tip (the best one!): enjoyment should always be the goal; work can be play

We get so caught up in busyness that we forget to enjoy what we’re doing. Even when we focus on working smarter, we’re still often too focused on getting things done. This should never be the point. Always ask yourself: What can I do to spend more time enjoying what I’m doing? The goal should be to arrange your commitments in a way that you’re happy living out the details of your daily life, even while you’re working.”

Jordan Bates english teacher in South Korea who loves reading novels and spending time in the woods

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