Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Review your work day at the end of the day: Where did you waste time? Who interrupted your work flow? What file wasn't in the correct place? Write this down and make a plan to not fall for the same tomorrow.
- Keep up with your field: Keep updated with your field news. Read the most current developments, splitting longer articles or books for several days.
- Finish/Keep up your side projects: Pick one of your side projects (your blog, your book, your new language) and either finish it working a little each day, or keep up with it. In the long run, even 5 minutes daily can be a big difference in a huge project.