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Schedule Play Before Work

Schedule Play Before Work
schedule play before work

    The boys at Trizle make an excellent point that would definitely ring true amongst the 30 years and under crowd.

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    They put together two examples for completing a project. One puts work first over a seven day period, the other makes schedules of ‘play’, concerts and the like, while working in between.

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    Instead of driving your entire heart, body, and soul into every minute of your working hours, you instead went through a similar route:

    • 1st day: Go over notes.
    • 2nd day: Go over notes.
    • 3rd day: Go over notes.
    • 4th day: Write 1st page.
    • 5th day: Edit 1st page.
    • 6th day: Write 2nd page.
    • 7th day: Write 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th pages. Proofread, cite, review, design cover letter, print, yadda.

    “Since I have limited time to work on my paper, I will have to work more efficiently. Therefore, I will have to smartly plan my working schedule.”

    • 1st day: “Crap! I only have four days to write ten pages. I’ll go over notes and write the first 3 pages today, so I don’t feel guilty about going to the concert tomorrow.”
    • 2nd day: Fun-sexy-time! Attend concert.
    • 3rd day: “The concert energized me. Let’s write the next 3 pages.”
    • 4th day: Fun-sexy-time! Attend ballgame.
    • 5th day: “My morale’s rockin’. Again, let’s write the next 3 pages.”
    • 6th day: Fun-sexy-time! Run the College Invitational.
    • 7th day: Write final page. Deal with logistics. Finish!

    This is how those guys who rocked final exams in high school also managed to make it to all the parties.

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    Should You Really Be Playing? – [Trizle]

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    Last Updated on July 25, 2018

    Finding Your Inside Time

    Finding Your Inside Time

    An old article that is worth mentioning is called Finding Your Inside Time by David Allen.

    David talks about his style on capturing your life details within a journal. By writing every action required items into your journal, you will have more freedom from detaching yourself from all those pressures. He says keeping a journal is like a core dump which can act as your stress release and spiritual in-basket:

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    Just making a free-form list of all the things you have attention on is a form of journaling and is at least momentarily liberating. On the most mundane level, it is capturing all of the “oh, yeah, I need to …” stuff—phone calls to make, things to get at the store, things to talk to your boss or your assistant about, etc. At this level, it doesn’t usually make for a very exciting or interesting experience—just a necessary one to clear the most obvious cargo on the deck.

    I often use my journal for “core-dumping” the subtler and more ambiguous things rattling around in my psyche. It’s like doing a current-reality inventory of the things that really have my attention—the big blips on my internal radar. These can be either negative or positive, like relationship issues, career decisions or unexpected events that have created disturbances or new opportunities. Sometimes core-dumping is the best way to get started when nothing else is flowing—just an objectification of what is on my internal landscape.

    This is a key point that David has emphasized in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – and it is one of the effective tools that I use daily.

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    Finding Your Inside Time – [Writers Digest]

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