Elizabeth Grace Saunders on Productivity for the Rebellious

You can typically get more done in a month when you plan for less. — Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Saunders suggests that those of us naturally disinclined to following schedules diligently need to find our rhythm, and it helps to scale our ambitions so that rhythm can be found amid the details of a busy life.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders, How to Get into a Rhythm at Work If You Can’t Stick to a Schedule

You can typically get more done in a month when you plan for less. Most people have a natural rhythm where they can accomplish about one major professional project or one personal milestone in a month. I’m not suggesting that this is the only thing you do in a given month, but these are the size XL tasks, like deciding on a new software and implementing it or organizing your studio space. If you tell yourself that you’ll do three items of this stature in a month, you’ll probably make little progress on any of them. If you commit to one specifically for the month, there’s a high probability that you’ll accomplish it or get close to finishing in the four weeks. Honor that monthly project cadence, and you’ll feel much more satisfied.

Check out her other cadence tips, for weeks and days. Like her, I prefer to not have more than four hours of meetings or calls a day, and to clear out all of a day each week to really work on large tasks.

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Founder, Work Futures. Editor, GigaOm. My obsession is the ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future.

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