The idea of a maintenance day is a simple and powerful one: take all of the maintenance-y stuff you do throughout the week and lump them together on one day. It turns out, the effects of doing this are profound.
The phrase “I don’t have time for” should never be said. We all get the same amount of time every day., so if you can’t do something it’s not about the quantity of time. It’s really about how important the task is to you.
According to researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (CHEEK-sent-me-hi-ee, for those of you playing along at home), noon on Sunday is the “unhappiest hour in America”, and it’s not because you’re hungover or have work the next day.
A question was recently posed on the popular question-and-answer website Quora that asked, “What’s the single most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your professional life?” The top answer is one that I recommend you read in whole.
The problem with a lot of productivity and time management systems is they require a lot of overhead, but the “Rule of Three” doesn’t. It’s one of the simplest, most powerful time management techniques I’ve come across lately.
If you don’t know how you’re spending your time on the computer, chances are you could be wasting a lot of it. Enter RescueTime, a free, simple utility that will show you exactly where your time goes.
Picking the next thing to do is hard. Where the hell do you start? It’s helpful to have a process you can follow that will guide you in the right direction, and David Allen provides two of them in his book, Getting Things Done.
It’s a simple equation: the dishes need to get done, because if they don’t get done, they pile up and then you get sad. But here’s the thing – activities that eat up a lot of time but only a little attention are incredible opportunities to be more productive.