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  How & Where We Lose Time Keeping Track of Our Tasks

Optimize Your Task Mgmt - Time-Savings Research and Analysis.pdf

Action Steps: (complete between now and doing your next lesson)

  1. Download and read the pdf included here
  2. Reflect on your own systems, processes, and behaviors for keeping track of what you have to do and prioritizing - and make a list of "pain points" (e.g., where it's not working well, where it's costing you time)

Rationale for taking these action steps:

Saving time is the product of making small changes to your behavior and sticking with those changes over time - it's behavior change. Changing our behaviors is a product of 2 factors: motivation/willpower and ability. All of the changes we will discuss in this course you have the ability to make, so the question is: will you have the motivation to make them?

To build your motivation to make these changes, we want you to be fully convinced of the benefit of making them (the reason for reading the pdf) and we want you to be aware of costs of your current behaviors (the reason for the reflection and list-making).

It's tempting to rush to the practicals without aligning your motivation with the actions you'll want to take, but in the end, your efforts will fall short if you can't find the motivation to keep doing those behaviors over the long-term.

Interested in some additional reading on how behavior change works? Check out Stanford professor BJ Fogg's behavior model.