Have you tried rough scheduling?


A Better Man

We have so much to do and so little time in which to do it. Days seem to go by fast—weeks, months, and even years race by ever more quickly. There seems to be no choice but to get organized and become adept at scheduling everything we need or want to do, even when it’s supposed to be something fun. But as we multitask our ways through calendars and to-do lists, we somehow rarely gain any sense of pleasure—we’re just hanging on for dear life even as we’re engaging in fun activities meant to refresh and balance us. According to a new paper, there are things we can do to be optimally productive and enjoy our busy lives more, including a method the authors dub “rough scheduling.”

The study’s title, “Activity Versus Outcome Maximization in Time Management,” by time-management experts Selin A. Malkoc and Gabriela Tonietto frames the problem: It’s…

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