Why This Time Management Strategy Works

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Example of Newton’s cradle, named after Sir Isaac Newton. This is a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy via a series of swinging spheres. When one on the end is lifted and released, the resulting force travels through the line and pushes the last one upward. The device is also known as Newton’s balls or “Executive Ball Clicker” – Source: Wikipedia

Today I came across a gem of a time management tip. It came from a blog post titled My Best Tip For Time Strategy.

The tip is in response to the question:

“What’s your best tip for being effective . . . having more time . . . getting more sh*t done?”

The answer… Designate one goal each day as the MOST IMPORTANT, or as the author calls it CRUCIAL.

This is a solid tip that I often use when I’m in a time management rut.  However, in this particular blog post the author failed to provide evidence on why identifying a “crucial” goal each day makes you more effective and helps you get more sh*t done.

I’m no time management expert, but my personal experience with this strategy may provide you some insight into why this works.

As I stated in a previous post, to-do list create stress.  For me, it seems like the more items I have on the list, the less I get done.  But when I circle the one item that’s the “crucial” item of the day, it has the opposite effect.  I get more done.

I get more done because I feel as if the pressure is off.  No matter what happens from that point forward, the day is now a productive day.  On top of that, I now have real momentum.  I just successfully completed a “crucial” task and that momentum carries me through the day.

In short, this strategy is more of a momentum placebo than some magical time management pill.  Each of our brain’s work differently.  In my case, a momentum placebo is just what the doctor ordered.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried this time management strategy?  Did it work for you?

2 Replies to “Why This Time Management Strategy Works”

  1. For me, scheduling my day is a huge stress reliever. There really isn’t that much time in the day. I hate when it feels like I wasted a day. I never feel like that when I schedule my day. I make time for everything, breaks, email. Now based on your post it seems like I should have a goal for the day and schedule my time around that goal.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. You are welcome. I appreciate you stopping by and letting me know you liked this post. I hope this time management strategy works as well for you as it does for me.

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