Your Work Matters. Build Your Schedule Accordingly. - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

About halfway through Laura Vanderkam's sharp new productivity guide, Tranquility by Tuesday, we're introduced to Elizabeth, an education professor who, worried about her ticking tenure clock, came to Laura for time management advice. Elizabeth was struggling to find time for her research. Her husba...

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Hasnain says:

“This example is important because it underscores a psychological reality of productivity that can be lost among all the posturing around systems and tools. It’s easy to feel like it’s impolite to prioritize work that’s important to you above other peoples’ demands. This is what led Elizabeth, at first, to limit her research to only the few scraps of time during her week that no one else had already claimed.

Sustainable production of valuable work, however, requires a dash of selfishness. Elizabeth’s revised schedule was exactly right. No reasonable person would find her investment in a once-a-week babysitter, or request for weekend dad time, to be excessive. These acts of self-prioritization were, objectively speaking, small. But they made a large difference in Elizabeth’s ability to produce the tenure-caliber work she knew she had in her. Your work matters. It’s okay to fight for it in your schedule.

Posted on 2022-09-22T05:09:31+0000