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Squeeze more out of your calendar

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To stay productive, organize your time in discrete chunks.

√ Book time for nonwork activities. Un­­less you explicitly reserve time for these activities, they might get shunted aside as work encroaches on your private life.

√ Know what matters most. Identify those professional activities that advance you toward your goals. Then allot more time for whatever produces goal-driven results. Prune regular activities that fall outside your highest-priority goals.

√ Before adding something, subtract something else. Take on new assignments that promise a high ROI and cut away another task so you’re not overstretched.

√ Force yourself to shift gears. To make sure you stay on schedule, create non-negotiable commitments that require you to stop what you’re doing and move on.

— Adapted from “3 Ways to Leverage Your Time to Restore Work-Life Balance,” Elizabeth Grace Saunders.

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Matthew Michnal April 9, 2013 at 1:57 am

Although this is a short post one of my favorite things that you talked about was cutting something when you add something to your calender. The main advantage like you said is eliminating overstretching, which in my experience can be devastating to individual or company success. This also allows you to focus on things that are important, while eliminating things that drag your productivity down.

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