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.