No one likes getting to the end of the day and feeling that, even though you’ve been frantically working for eight hours, you haven’t accomplished anything important. To avoid spending all your time answering emails and texts, try scheduling important tasks in your calendar. Block out an hour or two so that the task doesn’t get lost in the blur of the day. For something really important, block out most of the day (even if you won’t need that long). And if you habitually set goals so lofty that you end up putting them off, try this: When you consider a goal, also consider a half-size version. Mentally compare the two versions and ask yourself which is more realistic. If your task still feels intimidating, shrink it further until it seems doable. You might end up with a goal that’s one-fourth or one-tenth the size of what you initially considered — but it’ll feel much more achievable.