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Twofer Tuesday: On Scheduling & Boredom

twofer-500x500Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunched Manager LinkedIn group? It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. We often share resources like this —

The Big To-do Over To-do Lists

Turns out, there’s a good way and a bad way to keep track of the things we need to accomplish. Or, rather, there’s a productive way and an unproductive way.

Successful people do away with to-do lists. But that doesn’t mean they don’t keep track of the tasks and errands they’re responsible for. They’ve simply discovered a better way: scheduling.

Read: To-do Lists Are Not the Answer to Getting Things Done

The Boring Truth

Then again, there’s something to be said for not having too much to do in the first place.

In our over-scheduled, hyper-digitized world, many of us run from boredom as if it were the Grim Reaper himself. That could be one of our biggest mistakes.

High-achieving artists and scientists credit boredom with helping them discover their calling or dream up some of their most creative ideas. Research found that children who are “allowed” to be bored, rather than constantly entertained and occupied, show greater imaginativeness.

“It’s actually more constructive to see boredom as an opportunity rather than a deficit.”

Read: Being Bored Is Good for Children — and Adults. This Is Why.

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