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How to be the Jedi Master of Your Own Time

How to be the Jedi Master of Your Own Time

Your time is limited. This is a basic fact we all know, but why are there some people in the world who manage to get their things done quickly and efficiently?  What are the secrets  that enables them to manage their time better? The following answer by Oliver Emberton found in quora teaches you how to master Jedi time tricks.

The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks

Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life – Princess Lucia – is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her.

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    You might think of Lucia as the embodiment of your dreams, your aspirations – she is your most important thing.

    Unfortunately, before you can reach her an army of stormtroopers open fire. The incoming stream of lasers demand your attention – if you fail to dodge them, you’re dead. You might think of them as an urgent distraction from saving your princess.

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      We all know how a hero resolves this dilemma. If he takes his eye off the ultimate goal – his princess – then all his other efforts are for nought. He can engage an army of stormtroopers, cutting them down with graceful ease, but their numbers are limitless, and whilst momentarily satisfying they only distract him. Delayed too long, his princess will die.

      And so it is with your life. You have things that are most important and things that are most urgent in permanent competition:

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        The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency. Humans are pre-wired to focus on things which demand an immediate response, like alerts on their phones – and to postpone things which are most important, like going to the gym. You need to reverse that, which goes against your brain and most of human society.

        Look at what you spend your day doing. Most of it, I’ll warrant, is not anything you chose – it’s what is being asked of you. Here’s how we fix that, young padawan:

        • Say no. Most of us follow an implicit social contract: when someone asks you to do something you almost always say yes. It may feel very noble, but don’t forget there’s a dying princess you need to save, and you just agreed to slow yourself down because you were asked nicely. You may need to sacrifice some social comfort to save a life (as a bonus, people tend to instinctively respect those who can say no).
        • Unplug the TV. I haven’t had a TV signal for 7 years, which has given me about 12,376 hours more than the average American who indulges in 34 hours a week. I do watch some shows – usually one hour a day whilst eating dinner – but only ones I’ve chosen and bought. You can do a lot with 12,000 hours, and still keep up with Mad Men.
        • Kill notifications. Modern technology has evolved to exploit our urgency addiction: email, Facebook, Twitter, Quora and more will fight to distract you constantly. Fortunately, this is easily fixed: turn off all your notifications.Choose to check these things when you have time to be distracted – say, during a lunch break – and work through them together, saving time.

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          • Schedule your priorities. Humans are such funny critters. If you have a friend to meet, you’ll arrange to see them at a set time. But if you have something that matters to you more than anything – say writing a book, or going to the gym – you won’t schedule it. You’ll just ‘get round to it’. Treat your highest priorities like flights you have to catch: give them a set time in advance and say no to anything that would stop you making your flight.
          • First things first. What is the single most important (not urgent) thing you could possibly be doing? Do some of that today. Remember there’s a limitless number of distracting stormtroopers – don’t fool yourself by thinking “if I just do this thing first then I can”. Jedi don’t live by excuses.
          • Less volume, more time. There’s always millions of things you could be doing. The trick is to pick no more than 1 – 3 a day, and relentlessly pursue those. Your brain won’t like this limit. Other people won’t like this limit. Do it anyway. Focusing your all on one task at a time is infinitely more efficient than multi-tasking and gives you time to excel at your work.
          • Ignore. It’s rude, unprofessional and often utterly necessary. There are people you won’t find time to reply to. There are requests you will allow yourself to forget. You can be slow to do things like tidy up, pay bills or open mail. The world won’t fall apart. The payoff isyou get done what matters.

          One final lesson from the Jedi: they’re heroes.

          Heroes inspire us for many reasons: they make tough decisions, they keep going and they get done what matters. But there’s another reason we love our heroes. Inside us all, we know we have the power to become one ourselves.

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          30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

          30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

          What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

          You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

          Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

          Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

          But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

          To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

          A Few Home Truths

            “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
            ― Mark Twain


            “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
            ― Leonardo da Vinci


            “Someday is not a day of the week.”
            ― Janet Dailey


            “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
            ― Israelmore Ayivor


            “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
            ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


            “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
            ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


            “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
            ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


            “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
            ― Matshona Dhliwayo


            “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
            ― Abraham Lincoln


            “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
            ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


            “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
            ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


            “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
            ― José N. Harris


            Some Practical Advice

              “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
              ― Hilary Mantel


              “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
              ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


              “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
              ― Pablo Picasso


              “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
              ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


              “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
              ― Clifford Cohen


              “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
              ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


              “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
              ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


              “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
              ― James Jones


              Some Tough Love

                “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
                ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


                “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
                ― George Bernard Shaw


                “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                ― José N. Harris


                “What is deferred is not avoided.”
                ― Thomas More


                “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
                ― Chuck Close


                “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
                ― Roy Bennett


                “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


                “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
                ― Debasish Mridha


                When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                  “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                  ― Denis Waitley


                  “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                  ― Karen Lamb


                  Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                  It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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