How to Make Time for In-Between Sized Projects

The small stuff needs to get done now. The big stuff is overwhelming. Here’s how to tackle the stuff in the middle.

Jake Knapp
Forge
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6 min readSep 19, 2018

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Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

Co-authored with John Zeratsky

If you want to make time for things that matter, the Busy Bandwagon will tell you the answer is to do more. Get more done. Be more efficient. Set more goals and make more plans. It’s the only way to fit those important moments into your life.

We disagree. Doing more doesn’t help you create time for what matters; it just makes you feel even more frazzled and busy. And when you’re busy day after day, time slides by in a blur.

With so many things vying for our attention, figuring out what to make time for can be a challenge. We believe focusing on activities that fall in the space between long-term goals and short-term tasks is the key to slowing down, bringing satisfaction to your daily life, and helping you make time. Long-term goals are useful for orienting you in the right direction but make it hard to enjoy the time spent working along the way. And tasks are necessary to get things done, but without a focal point, they fly by in a forgettable haze.

Plenty of self-help gurus have offered suggestions for setting goals, and plenty of…

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Jake Knapp
Forge
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