Do you want to get more done in a day?
Break your activity into pieces.
I learned this lesson when I was working as an assistant editor by day and taking college classes by night. We published textbooks, and my boss, the publisher, had a doctorate in education. One day when I mentioned how hard it was to get my studying done because I’d start to nod off after a while, she shared this tip.
My boss said the best way to re-energize was to change subjects every so often during my study sessions. She said the mind grows tired of one activity after a certain amount of time. Switching from one task to another would relieve the boredom that led to my lethargy.
The past couple of days my To-do List rivaled War and Peace, and the Pressure Porcupine was paying me a visit. I recalled my boss’s wise counsel and heeded it. I spent some time on tax prep, switched to blogging when I’d had my fill of finances, and shifted to editing for one of my critique partners after formatting an interview for a blog guest.
Breaking my day into blocks enabled me to get more done than usual. My productivity soared, and my stress was reduced. I plan to use this technique more often.
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What tips do you have for getting more done in a day?