On October 18th 2015 I blogged about the control of my experiment, why is it that we fail to efficiently use our time, even if we have free time? Yesterday, 3 days into the experiment, I was still having trouble – yes, my time usage looked a lot like the picture there. When I would set a plan, it seems something else would intrude into that set plan, and I’d either have reschedule or I would run out of time doing the things I’d set out to do because I’d been too ambitious.
Here’s what I’ve learned.
- Give yourself the priority – other people can take care of themselves and should be able to take care of themselves, don’t feel bad if you’re scheduling ‘you’ time.
- Schedule much less than you would – yes, this sounds counterintuitive but leaving yourself time on the schedule to handle emergencies is a really smart thing to do.
- Stay calm – this is not a race, you actually want to be in productive flow and not eyeing the clock every five seconds to see how much time you have left. The clock is not a ticking time-bomb, it won’t explode if you don’t finish on time.
- Come back on time – from your well earned breaks.
- Repeat – steps 1 to 4 until habitual.