Gwen Moran, writing for Fast Company's "4-Minute Read: Work Smart" column, provides an intriguing and potentially smart alternative to the endless to-do list that inevitably gets buried on the desk or lost on the floor of the truck:

Time-blocking is essentially organizing your day in a series of time slots. Instead of writing a list of tasks that take as long as they take, with a time-blocked approach, each of these time periods is devoted to a task or tasks. It immediately lets you see where you’re being unrealistic about your time and keep yourself focused on what you’re supposed to be doing.

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