Today, we’re still waiting for you to take that week we talked about to practice my first step in Time-Sculpting 101.The week is up on Wednesday. Today’s Monday. That means we have time for two more posts inspired by Peter Bregman’s 18 Minutes which inspired my last three posts, last week.
Construct a Calendar. Every morning, transfer your to- day do list to a calendar and apportion times for things, so that you’re realistic about what you can accomplish. You’ll know ahead of time how much you’re going to be able to get done. Doing it up front allows you to make strategic decisions about what’s important to you and what you can cut out.
The way to do this is what I write about today: you have to know your mind like a naturalist. Become a naturalist of yourself, your unique species, habits, and habitat. Micro-level adjustments make a world of difference. Notice how long it actually takes you to do something–casually, without a lot of fuss over it. Now notice how long the next thing takes to do. This information is gold to you.
Once you have an accurate understanding of your personal species, you can budget your time and have it work for you. You can “construct a calendar.” Hint: start with my introduction to Time-Sculpting 101 if this just seems too daunting–and take that week to practice step one!