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Leaving Space in Your Daily Task List

A task list stuck to a mobile phone

Things happen. Things pop up. The unexpected has a way of insinuating itself into our lives when we least expect it to.

What do you do when that happens? What do you do when a task that you didn’t plan for pops up? All you can do is roll with it.

One way to do that is to leave a space in your daily task list to accommodate the unexpected.

How do you do that? One way I like to do that is to reduce the number of tasks that I’m going to tackle during a day by one. That means shuffling your task list. That could mean putting off or dropping tracks that are less important.

Luckily, you won’t need to do that every day. But you should keep this technique in mind for those times when a task you haven’t planned for might suddenly appear — such as when you’re coming to the end of a project.

Having that space in your task list will head off a lot of stress. You’ll be able to do what you need to do, without sacrificing other tasks.

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