My best friend from high school came up with a theory about time management. He told me, "the job expands to fit the time allotted." I have a feeling this is true for most creative people. Why does it take some people years to write one book? Perhaps it's because we don't set up deadlines. I sometimes spend hours staring at a blank page on my laptop while the clock ticks. It's like some kind of staring contest. Here's how to win. It's based on my buddy's theory about time management:
- Don't give yourself too much time to work on a project. The job will expand to fill the time you set aside.
- Work on one specific task at a time until it's complete. This keeps you focused.
- Learn to use the clock properly. If you find yourself staring at your laptop too much, just reduce the time you're budgeting and watch your productivity soar.