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.