Productivity Principle 8…
Let’s start with an obvious principle of productivity…
…yet something shrouded in misleading information traceable back to the 1930s.
(if you’ve seen my cover this before, skip to principle 7).
Have your Executives prioritize their tasks and do them in that order.
Prioritizing by urgency or importance in today’s fast paced lifestyle only serves to keep you fighting to stay afloat.
Our professional lives are far busier than they were for 1930s Executives.
And the dirty little secret of almost all time management techniques is that they are STILL based on that one basic idea from the 30s.
This dinosaur of the time management industry results in other such common yet equally disastrous time management techniques:
- Scheduling your tasks to time or
- Using anything like a weekly to-do list
We need something different…
Extend that obsolete 1930s idea of time management by adding 2 more factors: dependence and availability
The New Professional manages time by judging things by:
- Importance – What will have the greatest contribution?
- Dependence – What is necessary to achieve it?
- Availability – What’s possible in my various contexts (at home, commuting, mobile, etc)