The trouble with the big focus on “time hacking” these days is the lack of discrimination. I’m all for efficiency, when appropriate, but sometimes you need to ease up to accomplish the task. The most effective pace doesn’t always mean the fastest.
We’ve all heard the quote and, by and large, have found it to be true; busy people can take on a task – and then deliver – faster and more consistently than a non-busy person. Have you ever wondered why that is?
I think we’ve all seen it – a meeting full of high performing, committed people… and that guy. Which is not to say that “that guy” is not good at something, it’s just that this – this meeting or project – doesn’t benefit from his presence. So what is he doing here?
On a monthly basis, I spend a day on strategy and planning for the following 30 days. I map out my priorities – my “quadrant 2”, important-but-not-as-urgent tasks that I want to make sure receive the proper attention in the busyness of the days ahead. But what exactly is “proper attention”?
But here’s the thing – sometimes we are stuck with duds. Sometimes we have little choice but to work on that project, or with that team, or sit next to that guy. Sometimes the person you’re next to in line at the buffet irks you in every way imaginable. What then?
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