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What are the best ways to organize your time as a physicist?

I'm a fairly busy person, but I really enjoy my free time and I am not the best at organizing my time. My schedule proves it greatly.

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TJ’s Answer

I hold a PhD in Physics and firmly subscribe to the mantra, "Slow is faster." This doesn't necessarily mean you need to dedicate an excessive amount of time to studying, but rather, it's about investing quality time into your learning process. By "quality time," I mean devoting your full attention to the material at hand, comprehending every logical step, and overcoming any obstacles in your path. While this may require a substantial amount of time initially, the benefit is that you seldom need to revisit the material in the future, saving you a great deal of time overall. I hope this advice proves beneficial.
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Alexander’s Answer

I'm a psychologist and often have to help my clients with this question. There are many tips out there (just google it), but one I often teach is this. First you need to set a few personal and career goals. Don't worry if they are the ultimate goals they can be goals for the next week, next semester, or the next year. All right set these aside while we work on the next step. Take your list of tasks and organize them according to what is important and what is urgent. You can even make a two by two table where one axis is importance and the other axis is urgency. Those things that are important and urgent take priority. Those things that are not important but urgent get your next consideration. Next those things that are important but not urgent take priority. And those things that are not important and not urgent you either delegate or don't even do. So now let's go back to the goals. This is how you will define what is important: Does this task help me achieve my goal? If the task that you are being asked to do helps you with your goals then it is labeled important.
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