Unfortunately, the rest of life doesn’t stop when we have a new creative challenge or a project. Errands don’t stop. Friends and social lives don’t stop. Physical fitness and health don’t stop.
But we do have a choice in how we manage our time. We don’t have to let these tasks take our awareness away from our creative output. Author and professor Cal Newport shares a trick to handle all these administrative tasks while improving focus on work:
Choose one day a week to do nothing but accomplish small tasks. Your goal should be to finish every obligation for the week that can be accomplished in less than 20 minutes and/or does not require any serious thought. For a college student, these include:
- Phone calls
- Getting your car washed
- Filling out applications
- Sending long or important e-mails
- Paying bills
- Writing blog posts
- Catching up on your online reading
- Handling any administrative work or planning for extracurricular clubs and related obligations
While spending an entire day on administrative tasks may seem like a waste, it ensures our ability to perform at our peak the other six days of the week. Taking a small step back on one day means being able to use the other six to make a giant leap forward.
This article was originally published on 99u.com.
Herbert Lui is exploring the intersection of art and entrepreneurship. He is a writer and specializes at content marketing. You can connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn, and see more of his work on Contently. He is the author of a free guide to building credibility online, titled Brick by Brick.