Day #14: Say NO To Time Anxiety
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
~ William Penn
How often do you feel like you just don’t have enough time?
Despite trying every time management technique and productivity strategy in the book, do you find it impossible to shake the feeling that time is slipping away? This is called time anxiety.
In his essay "How to deal with the feeling that you ‘never having enough time", Jory McKay at RescueTime talks about Time Anxiety being similar to productivity shame–the feeling that you’ve never done enough–time anxiety is when you feel you never have enough time to meet your goals or that you’re not maximizing the time you do have.
Time anxiety is more than just a momentary spike in your workday stress. It’s an emotional specter that haunts your days, causes you to procrastinate on important tasks, and can even lead to burnout.
Remember at the start of last week when you wrote down a list of things you needed to do, then extracted the most important of those?
How many did you get done between then and today? 1? None? Be honest with yourself about your time. If you look at your calendar right now, scanning back over how you spent your week, what percentage of your time was wasted doing inconsequential tasks that left you with Productivity Shame?
Today I'm going to share my biggest productivity hack: and I told you I'd be coming back to this:
Say NO to To-Do Lists.
This is how I get everything done in a week that I want to accomplish, without hitting Friday afternoon feeling like I didn't get anything done.
Take that To-Do List, and get ready to rip it up... but not before you transfer those items to:
To properly learn how to work from a Calendar and NOT a To-Do list, read this before you begin. It will help.
Baby steps. NO takes practice. Start small, and work your way up.
A post I wrote about Oliver Burkeman on “Deep Time”
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