Friday, March 29, 2013

Time Saver

Kevin King, PD and aka "Hobie" at Cat Country 98.7/Pensacola taught me this trick more than a decade ago and I can testify that it works!

For all the paper on your desk that never goes away and doesn't require action, put it in your "MTWGA" file. 

Check the file every two weeks, either take action right away or toss. 

"MTWGA - Maybe This Will Go Away"

Do your 'to do' list for the next day before you leave for home.  Check e-mail in the morning before you leave for work.  Saves an hour of work starting your day.

Face it:  managing your time requires quickly deciding what NOT do to.

1 comment:

Seth Godin said...

Urgent, please read asap

That's what gets done, of course. The urgent.

Not the article you haven't gotten around to writing, the trip to the gym that will pay off in the long run, the planning for your upcoming birthday party, dinner with your parents (who would love to see you), ten minutes to sit quietly, saying thank you to a friend for no real reason... no, we do the urgent first.

The problem, of course, is that the queue of urgent never ends, it merely changes its volume as it gets longer.

Yes, we've heard it said that it's the important, not the urgent, that deserves attention. But it understates just how much we've been manipulated by those that would make their important into our urgent.