Have you ever wondered why a project that you have two weeks to complete ends up taking the whole two weeks, when you can finish a similar project with a shorter deadline in 48 hours?
Remember when you had a whole semester to complete a paper for class? We would always plan to get it done early so that we weren’t writing our paper while also taking final exams. And yet, how many of us ended up still writing the night before the paper was due?
In my last post I discussed multitasking as something to avoid. I pulled one quote and one experiment to show that multitasking was bad and then moved on with my point.
As a lawyer, I feel the need to double back and support my argument. While many of you agreed, I recognize that I have not actually done the work to convince you that multitasking is, in fact, bad for productivity.
Everyone does it these days. There is so much going on and so many different sources of media that you can’t always help it.
Plus, aren’t you getting more done by doing multiple things at once? Doesn’t squeezing more things into the same time slot mean that you can accomplish more?
There is a quote attributed to Aristotle that is very popular in the online entrepreneur community lately.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
(It is actually a quote from Will Durant in a 1926 book providing his own summary of Aristotle’s position, but it sounds more powerful coming from a father of western philosopher than from a 20th century writer that nobody knows.)
The quote is nice. It sounds important and stresses habit building. Cool.
Last week I talked about some time management goals that I had for 2017 and some things that I still need to work on in that area. I said, “I’m pretty good at time management, but I want to be better,” and that “I’ve completed the entry level time management tips.”
I also said, while discussing my prioritization issues that I’ve read around 100 books this year, which was flagged in the comments as a lot of reading.
And it certainly is. There is no doubt that I did better with time management in 2016 than I had in previous years.
We’re all about self-improvement around here. While I don’t usually set New Year’s resolutions, I set goals and work to build better habits all the time. With that in mind, let’s look into making better resolutions so that you can set yourself up for success.
Don’t get me wrong. I am all for setting goals and building habits. I am all about self-improvement. I just don’t usually tie it to the turn of the calendar year.
I am a proponent of constant self-improvement, which includes setting goals and building new habits at multiple points during a given year. Basically, whenever you discover that there is something that you could do to improve yourself, you sit down and make a plan to start working on it as soon as possible.
That said, I suppose the beginning of the calendar year is as good a time as any to induce some self-assessment.
Plus, this year I have an area of improvement that I want to work on for which the timing coincides roughly with the new year.