5 min read · Aug 11th · You can make time for things that matter, or you can make time for more email.
Several years ago, the journalist and author Oliver Burkeman asked some of his friends to guess, off the top of their head, how many weeks make up a typical human lifetime.
the more efficient you get, the more inputs you attract. If you get really good at processing email, you’ll get more email because you get a reputation for being responsive on email. The same idea applies elsewhere: If your reputation in the office is that you’re good at getting through work fast, you’re given more things to do.
we will die not having done a tremendous number of things we care about
7 min read · Jun 8th · Lessons from a management and leadership professor on true effectiveness and productivity.
I was struggling with chronic insomnia, malnourishment, a pinched nerve in my neck, and a wicked hormonal imbalance. I would later discover that, ironically, time management was to blame.
As a type-A high achiever, I pushed for this efficiency because I wanted career success. However, I also wanted a life. Research clearly demonstrates the importance of breaks and social connections for well-being. To fit these items into my schedule, I frantically worked during the week to avoid working evenings or weekends.
time is not as objective as we might believe. Time is primarily a subjective interpretation, making time management incomplete unless we also highlight the subjective constructions of time we live and create
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5 min read · Jun 23rd · Focus on the root causes of why you’re so busy — not trying to schedule your way out of it.
Time management promises us that if we become more efficient, we can make space to accommodate all of our to-dos comfortably. And yet, time management is like digging a hole at the beach: the bigger the hole, the more water that rushes in to fill it. In a world of potentially infinite demands, freeing up an hour on your calendar is akin to setting off a signal flare announcing your capacity to jump on another project or take on an additional role.
This is not to say that time management has no value. Productivity is important. But in a world where burnout is running rampant, we also need strategies for eliminating volume instead of simply accommodating it.
“finding the one decision that removes 100 decisions.”