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The trouble with the default

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, “The best way to spend this time is to cram it full of random meetings!” Nobody ever said “The most important thing today is everybody else’s whims!”

Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky – Make Time

As water flows down hill, as elements tend to iron, so jobs, meetings, distractions wriggle through our filters, roll into our calendars and come to rest.

Reversing this osmosis takes clarity (“What do I want to get rid of?”) and will (“This is important enough to summon energy for”), and is easiest to achieve by creating positive pressure (“I will fill my calendar with X to allow less space for Y”).

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