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A system for prioritizing what matters

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Over the past year and a half, I’ve heard people say they don’t feel like they are working from home, but living at work. It’s hard to deal with all the competing interests in our lives: work, relationships, family, friends, relaxation, and exercise.

There’s one tool I’ve found effective in navigating this issue: the Eisenhower Matrix. Originally created by President Dwight Eisenhower, the graphic helps you prioritize tasks based on urgency. While most people use it for work, I’ve expanded it to include everything I do in a day.

How it works: Get a piece of paper and divide it…

📋 Today’s tip: Choose 3 priorities for the day.

You never leave the house, yet you’re busier than ever, right? Sure, you’ve reclaimed the time you used to spend commuting to and from the office, or chatting with Jeff from IT (such a talker, that Jeff). But you’ve also lost many of the natural boundaries you once had between work, home, and everything in between.

Here’s how to take charge of your bandwidth: Start by identifying three priorities for each day, and building your schedule around them.

“Set aside several one- to two-hour blocks on your calendar so that you…

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It’s all too much. There’s work stress to contend with, household chores to get done, child wrangling, and relationship tending, and—oh yeah—that whole pandemic situation. You’ve hit the limit: the wall.

For better or worse, the only way out of your present wall-scape is to smash your way through it. It’s time to reclaim your time. And you can do that by getting in control of your schedule.

As the entrepreneur, business coach, and Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur author Charlene Walters writes in a recent blog post on Medium: “You, and you alone, are the one who must take action…

Today’s tip: Make an anti-bucket list.

Keeping a list of goals can be motivating, sure, but it can also quickly start to feel like a list of obligations — something that weighs you down instead of pushing you forward. For example, the writer Kristin Wong used to have “become a millionaire” on her bucket list, she writes, but “chasing money has led me to take on work that made me miserable.” And her goal of visiting every continent “kept me from truly enjoying travel, because travel is not a series of places to be checked off a list.”



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