And then my experiment went, so not according to plan…

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Come back on time – from your well earned breaks.
  5. Repeat – steps 1 to 4 until habitual.

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