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Day 74: You have less time than you think

Getting data on where your time goes and precisely scheduling in specific tasks gives an accurate understanding of where your time goes and how long things actually take.

Beginning of summer was all about big ambitious goals. It’s not that they were unrealistic as much as they were not timed properly. I randomly fit them into the time slot that I had in front of me, such as a summer.

Through a very expensive lesson this summer I learnt that unless given a specific time and space (for which the tasks have to be small and manageable enough: 👉Atom of a Task), tasks tend to sprawl into nothingness.

Similar to how you have some people saying the ambiguous “let’s hang out”, meaning you will never actually do it, giving yourself random deadlines without having an accurate sense of your time and where it goes, runs a very high chance of never getting done.

The truth is that I (and I would even argue we) have a very imprecise sense of my(our) time. There is the idea of where my time goes and how much time I have which rules how I set goals for myself

Getting data on myself, such as tracking work time and scheduling things in, is crucial for revealing the reality of where you time actually goes and how long things actually take.

For example, I have been putting all my tasks on the calendar to visually see how much time I have.

Doing this shows to you what are the actually free blocks of time for work. Another expensive lesson was burning myself a couple times with scheduling something for an hour and then seeing it actually take like three. These kind of realizations and burns bring me back to the reality, ensuring I give my tasks time and place and I continuously develop my sense for how long things actually tend to take.

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