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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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I know that feeling and it can be solved or mitigated: Renegociate your TODOs to make them more realistic. You have a long list of dreams and you didn't work at all on them. Sorry to tell you but extrapolating from past reasults it seems that you have to choose. Assume that you are a limited human as everybody and do not feel bad for that. Once that you ...


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Ease the burden on yourself: set aside time to CROSS OUT items on your lists, for any reason you like. This is "Productive Procrastination" - choosing NOT to do certain things so that you can get other stuff done. And it will simplify your life and let you breathe. Still keep writing things down, i.e. "dumping to paper", but then, a day or so later, review ...


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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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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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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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Three different questions, I'll answer them at once because my advice will be short: use pomodoros to stay on task. Search for "pomodoro" on this site for details break down your goals into steps that are doable. Define what the next thing to do is in each project. Plan your time ahead, and leave room for unexpected things to do and breaks. After each ...



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