Question Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to ask those financial questions.

This morning I saw Meredith Haggerty tweet a NYT article that asked us whether we were “time realists” or “time optimists:”

Time realists look at a task and break down the math of it. They’re conscious of how long things take, and they factor that in to their plans for the day.

Time optimists, by comparison, are just that: hopeful about things they would like to do. It leads to them to overstuff their days and become frustrated when their list of to-dos doesn’t get completed.

The article includes tips on how to become more of a time realist: scheduling your to-dos days in advance, batching tasks, limiting the amount of time you spend checking email or scrolling social media for good Question Wednesday ideas (HEY, IT WORKED THIS TIME, DON’T @ ME).

The problem, of course — and I say this as a person with both a background and a certification in project management — is that you can make all the to-do lists you want but if you don’t actually do/delegate/delete the items on your list, you’re right back where you started.

But I digress.

So. Are you more of a time realist or a time optimist — and do you think the way you manage time has an actual effect on the amount of stuff you get done, or do we all pretty much do as much as we can with the time we’re given?

Discuss — or ask your own questions — in the comments.


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