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If the long days and nicer weather have you daydreaming, you need to meet Jeremiah Dillon. Google’s lead for Product, Content and Web Marketing has some ideas to help you stay motivated. Think of them as a way to connect your mindfulness practice with your calendar.

Dillon argues that scheduling should be approached not by available time, but by task. He makes a compelling case for “Make Time”:

“It’s been said there are two paradigms to scheduling – the manager and the maker. The manager’s day is cut into 30 minute intervals, and they change what they’re doing every half hour. Sorta like Tetris – shifting blocks around and filling spaces.

The maker’s day is different. They need to make, to create, to build. But before that, they need to think. The most effective way for them to use time is in half-day or full-day blocks. Even a single 30-minute meeting in the middle of “Make Time” can be disruptive.”

So, how does this work in practice?

If you feel like you need time to ease into the week, it may not be your imagination. You need to time switch from weekend mode to your business brain.

And does everything catch up with you by Friday? Try using that day for long-term planning and relationship building. (And by relationship building, I hope he means happy hour on the patio.)

Here’s a fresh way to look at your work week:

  • Monday: Energy ramps out of the weekend — schedule low-demand tasks like setting goals, organizing, and planning.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Peak of energy — tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm, schedule.
  • Thursday: Energy begins to ebb — schedule meetings, especially when consensus is needed.
  • Friday: Lowest energy level — do open-ended work, long-term planning, and relationship building.

Give these techniques a try. You won’t have to sacrifice Summer fun for productivity.

Enjoy!