Catch up with accumulated work each week
- Map out your week on Sunday.
List out the main things you plan to do from Monday to Friday. This will help you stay disciplined throughout the week.
- Actively block out task time.
Add slots for difficult activities. For example, you could add slots to write a new proposal, craft a presentation or review and approve marketing materials. Failing to block out time for tasks could cause you to get interrupted.
- Follow a realistic to-do list.
Assign a realistic timeframe for each task. This will force you to prioritize and stay focused.
- Default to 30-minute meetings.
Longer meetings are a time stealer.
- Focus on one task at a time.
You become more productive when you focus on one task at a time.
- Track your time.
This will guide you towards spending your time only on productive things.
- Take care of yourself.
Eat well, sleep well and exercise daily, even if it's just for 15 minutes.
- Protect your family time.
Resist the urge to be passive while spending time with your family - don’t think about work when you are with them.
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