As most of you know, I recently started a new job. Getting settled in to a new job isn’t always easy. It actually requires serious thinking to set priorities and determine how to be most valuable + productive. Here’s what I’ve been reading to get me into the right mindset.
Time Management Matrix by Stephen Covey: Urgent v Important (illustrated with XKCD comics). Sid Savara.
+ We should focus most of our time on not urgent but important tasks like exercise, planning, our careers, maintaining relationships
+ We should minimize / eliminate time-wasting and/or busy work
Deep Habits: Plan Your Week In Advance. Cal Newport.
Deep Habits: The Importance of Planning Every Minute of Your Day. Cal Newport.
+ At the beginning of the week, plan for the entire week as a starting point
+ Dedicate time at the end of each day to adjust the schedule for the next day
+ Your day can be rearranged, but at least you have visibility into what is being rearranged
Brainpickings: The Daily Routines of Great Writers. Maria Popova.
+ Everyone has a different routine; find yours
+ Routines are necessary for creativity
+ Breaks are necessary; do your work, step away, come back