Daily Productive Sharing 166 - How to Allocate Your Time?

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我们陆陆续续分享了不少时间管理的文章,也介绍了不少时间管理技巧,似乎有些 overwhelming 的感觉。如果你也有类似的感觉,那么一定不能错过今天的文章。今天的分享将各种时间管理技巧捋了一遍,从而帮助我们重新认识时间管理的本质:根据你的优先度,合理安排时间。也许这听起来是很简单的道理,但是很容易被我们忽视:

  1. 除去睡觉和工作,一天中任由我们支配的时间恐怕不到八小时,如果 996 的话,只剩下可怜的四小时;
  2. 时间管理也应该参考财务管理,有预算,有记录, 有审计,这样才会有效;
  3. 时间管理并不是为了追求完美,而是让我们清醒,让我们有指引。



Time Management: A Realistic Guide to Better Productivity

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We have shared a lot of time management articles one after another and introduced a lot of time management techniques, which seem to be a bit overwhelming. If you have a similar feeling, then you can't miss today's article. Today's share will be a variety of time management skills run through, so as to help us re-understand the essence of time management: according to your priorities, allocate your time wisely. It may sound simple, but it's easy to ignore.

  1. excluding sleep and work, we have less than eight hours at our disposal in a day, or a miserable four hours if you work as 996.
  2. time management should refer to financial management, with budgets, records and audits, in order to be effective.
  3. time management is not about pursuing perfection, but about keeping us awake and guided.

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Time Management: A Realistic Guide to Better Productivity

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At most, you’re left with 8 hours in a day for everything else.

Using these hours wisely, to live a life that’s both ambitious and balanced, means aligning your time with your priorities—whether that’s getting in shape, improving your marriage, or reading more books.

This realistic guide to time management is about making the most of our hours, while avoiding overwhelm and learning to work with the constraints on your time.

Effective time management is less about cramming more tasks onto your to-do list and more about having your days reflect your deeply held values.

We need to investigate where our time goes to solve our time management problems, finding wasted hours and funneling them into worthwhile endeavours—be it socializing or sleeping.

we’re prone to overestimating how much we work and underestimating the time we spend on distractions.

Time management is about making your stated priorities line up with your actual priorities.

Instead we’re overwhelmed with options, feel a lack of focus, and inevitably experience analysis paralysis.

Pay attention to whether those priorities fall into the “work” or “life” buckets, and ensure you always have at least two in the latter—having only work priorities is a blueprint for burnout.

The goal isn’t perfection, but awareness.

The best remedy for reactivity is planning ahead. When we pause and think about our priorities before diving into the deep end of our days, we can approach our hours ahead with intention and focus.

Leave buffer room in your days for unexpected tasks

Instead, think of your daily plan as a compass, guiding you in the right direction and even if you end up a few degrees off due north.

Rather than squandering your time on the tasks you’re mediocre at or that could be completed by someone else, zero in on what you’re excellent at. Outside of those tasks, try to delegate as much as possible.

The conditions that lead to overwork aren’t entirely in your control, but there are things you can do as an individual to avoid the side effects of stress and proactively keep overwhelm and burnout at bay.

By continuously returning to time management principles and implementing strategies for finding focus and ditching distraction, we can fill our minutes, hours, and days with meaningful work and memorable life moments.