How to set priorities, plan your schedule, and manage your time in 2022

How are you?

Nowadays, most people answer that question with one word: busy. And yet it doesn’t have to be that way! If we eliminate what isn’t essential, we’ll have more time for the things that matter, much like Kazuo Ishiguro writes in A Pale View of the Hills (also available on Audible):

When you believe in what you’re doing, you don’t feel like idling away the hours.

If you need more guidance, here are some of my favourite Seth Godin quotes from his 2021 blog posts, together with a recommended title from Blinkist.

Even though it seems as though the world is trying to steal our focus and our energy, ultimately, in each moment, it’s our choice to make. We can decide to create possibility and contribute. Toward better. ~ Burned out/burned in

Learn more: The Pomodoro Technique

Busy is simply a series of choices about how to spend the next minute. Productive requires skill, persistence and good judgement. ~ The trap of busy 

Learn more: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

What you wish for determines how you’re spending a juicy part of your day. If you wish for something you can’t control, that might fill you with frustration or distract you from wishing that could lead to productive work. ~ Careful what you wish for 

Learn more: The Three Secrets to Effective Time Investment

Time is priceless. But the moments when we have a chance to connect, to be in sync, to bring out the best in each other–that’s time that’s worth cherishing. Don’t waste it if you can. ~ Avocado time 

Learn more: The Now Habit

In the old days, when we worked on the assembly line or even in sync at the office or at school, there were good reasons to adopt the timing that was assigned to us. But perhaps it makes sense to take control and listen and notice and work with our patterns, not against them. ~ The most important meal of the day

Learn more: Felt Time

One of the jobs to be done is to be clear about what the jobs to be done are, and whether or not they are the right jobs. ~ Jobs to be done 

Learn more: Do What Matters Most

It pays to know what something is for. It helps us figure out how to do it better, how to allocate resources and how to know when we’re done. ~ “But how will you know?”

Learn more: A Minute to Think

The very nature of ‘urgent’ means that it can’t and won’t persist. Important, on the other hand, might hang around for a long time. ~ The urgent changes

Learn more: Essentialism

Choose any date you like, as far in the future as you like. But a date, circled on the calendar. By that date, what will you have implemented? What will be in place? Where will you be, what will you be doing? ~ Date certain 

Learn more: Four Thousand Weeks

Like most things that matter, keeping deadlines is a skill, and since it’s a skill, we can learn it. ~ How (not) to miss a deadline

Learn more: 168 Hours

Being counted on is a gift. If you want to be counted on next time, best to invest early and often in making that deadline, and then, in the rare cases when it’s not enough, treating your clients with the respect that you’d like to receive in a similar situation. ~ How to miss a deadline

Learn more: How to Be a Productivity Ninja

We’re not in a race to check off as many boxes as we possibly can before we are out of time. Instead, we have the chance to use the time to create moments that matter. Because they connect us, because they open doors, because the moments, added up, create a life. ~ “Take your time”

Learn more: The ONE Thing

If you discover that you’re calling meetings where people abstain, or worse, call for nullification, perhaps you should be more careful about which meetings you call and who you invite. ~ Meeting nullification 

Learn more: The Joy of Missing Out

The thing that made you busy might have been the reputation you earned for being reliable. Ironically, that very busy-ness might destroy your reputation. ~ Busy (and reliable) 

Learn more: Do Pause

Either you’re using time. Or it’s using you. You can watch the clock, but if you do, it’s watching you. ~ Clocks 

Learn more: Make Time

Synchronised, real-time interaction is precious. It creates magic. We shouldn’t waste it on bureaucracy or displays of false control–it’s better saved for moments of connection and possibility. ~ Respecting their time 

Learn more: Not Today

If you don’t have time to do it right, you’re unlikely to have time to do it over. No sense wasting tomorrow as well. ~ Perhaps it’s worth throwing it out today 

Learn more: Procrastinate on Purpose

In a competitive marketplace, self-regulating the length of our shift is a lot to ask. Given that the list of things to do is intentionally endless, it’s on each of us to decide what ‘enough’ looks like. Because more time isn’t always the answer. ~ And when is the shift over?

Learn more: Off the Clock

The calendar belongs to everyone else. Their schedule isn’t your schedule unless it helps you get where you’re going. ~ Don’t waste the good days 

Learn more: The Art of Stopping Time

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