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I'm actually the opposite -- I'm usually very productive on a friday, because I won't be able to get anything done for the next two days. So, I'm usually getting a bunch of stuff out of the way that "needs" to be done before the weekend. As Horstman's Corollary to Parkinson's Law states, "Work contracts to take the time you give it": when I've got a lot to ...


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It sounds as though you're calling things "to do lists" when they are really action items about a project-- the kinds of detail you don't need until you're ready to turn to that project. Have you explored David Allen's Getting Things Done approach? You keep only the next action required for each project at the top level, and organize by category e.g. calls ...


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Enter the PDSA cycles (Plan Do Study Adjust - Sometimes called PDCA, Plan Do Check Act, aka the scientific method). The paradigm of planning you propose is a bit like "I'm going to get there with my bike, so I just take a glance at the beginning, make a mental note of where are the bumps and the pathways, then close my eyes and start hitting the pedals". ...


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This sounds like a time management question, you wish to spend more time with your passion for graphic design but do so without reducing the time you spend in other categories. This in itself is "almost" impossible. I'm currently in a similar predicament. I wish to improve at my job, spend time with my girlfriend, cook, play weekly board games with friends ...


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In my experience with using GTD I have found it to be a great way to extract tasks from my mind and collect them, and by using the different levels (10,000 feet, etc.) it allows me to make sure that my short term projects help me realize my long-term goals. However, I have found that it lets me down a little bit when it comes to prioritizing my day. Yes, ...


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Friday can be an ideal time to do a weekly review and look back at your last 5 days along with the coming 5. Carefully reviewing what you have accomplished recently can often give you the momentum to finish off the week strong. Such a review can also provide motivation for the coming week as you prioritize what you should be working on Monday morning.


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It depends on the reason why you are less productive on Fridays. It could be that you spend all your energy already or your mind wanders to what you want to do in the weekend. I would first try to find out what's causing it. For myself it is a combination of the "it's almost weekend" mindset, tiredness and a more noisy environment in the office (I suspect ...


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Some relevant observations based on scientific findings: Never multitask (doing multiple things at the same time) because the human brain can't do this effectively. Focus on one task at a time. There's nothing inherently bad about committing to several tasks within a certain time period. Keep task switching to a minimum to minimize the costs associated ...


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I wouldn't think of this scenario as a main goal with huge secondary goals - I'd think of each goal as a project with next actions. So you want to get a job that requires school that requires money. Your primary project, right now is to figure out a way to fund school. Within that you have tons of actions to perform. You also have another project on the ...


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You've basically answered your own question, everyones goals may require different paths to achieve and its about not losing focus on what you are working towards. Building a foundation in order to succeed in achieving is the surefire way of getting what you want. Deviation and set backs do not mean you've failed - a good mantra is progress, not perfection. ...



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