2Schedule Time to Do It

In the first step of the Productivity Workflow Formula, we worked on reducing your to-do lists. After you’ve eliminated time-wasting behaviors and determined exactly what you should do each day, the second step is finding the time to do it—literally—on your calendar. This will require you to structure your schedule very carefully to ensure maximum productivity. Among other things, schedule your tasks effectively, say no when appropriate, and control your meetings—whatever’s necessary to efficiently use your time.

After all, time isn’t like money, office supplies, or Brussels sprouts. We’ve each got a very limited amount of it, and we’re not going to get any more. In fact, what we call time management isn’t “time” management ...

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