Came across a single productivity trick in like 4 different places. I seriously suspect they all link back to one source but don't care enough right now to find out. Here's the tip:
Schedule your most important tasks in your calendar
Supposedly the most successful people use this technique in place of a to-do list.
The theory claims that things you schedule are more likely to get done.
Because your mind sees that you've made a commitment.
I decided to try it. Starting on a Monday. While my hubby was traveling for business and I was solo with the kids. Yeah.... Real smart.
It worked anyway! Seriously insane!
Not sure that "putting it in the calendar" is really what makes this technique successful. Felt more like the act of planning out my day was what made it successful. Like knowing what I needed to do kept me on task and focused.
Plus, once those "scheduled" items were done I didn't stress about trying to do more. I just played with the kids.
Have you tried the calendar method? How'd it work for you?
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