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Choosing the Wrong Time
Before you start to lay out your schedule, think about your energy cycle.

Whether you're a morning person or a night owl, it's very important to assign your most difficult and most important tasks to the time of day when you feel most energetic. Leave tasks lower down the priority scale for times of the day when you are less energetic. I'm hopeless in the afternoon, for example, so I schedule easy tasks then.

If you're a morning person and need to organize the spare room, do it first thing. You'll get more done if you schedule it for the morning. Then, as your energy lags in the afternoon, sit down and call the insurance broker or book your car service. Or, if you work best in the evening, schedule writing your thesis after dinner.