Applying the five choices to some common major time wasters that we all have. Meetings. Interruptions. Travel. The two ways to apply the learning from this course are: Either pick your biggest time waster, or pick one of the options and think about where you can use it. Finally, Chris explains the importance of using the five options in the right order.
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- So, those are the five options.…The only five options that you have…if you want to get more done.…Saying no,…negotiating,…delegating,…more efficient systems,…and doing some things less well.…These are the only options,…and they apply to every time waster.…For example,…if you think about meetings.…You can say no to going to the meeting.…You can negotiate to just go…to the first part of the meeting.…You can delegate,…and send someone else to the meeting.…
You can run the meeting more efficiently,…or doing it less well,…you can have a Skype or phone call instead of the meeting.…Or if you take interruptions,…you can say no to the interruptions.…Perhaps put up a Do Not Disturb notice,…or hide in a meeting room somewhere to do your work.…You can negotiate over how long the interruption takes,…or when you meet with the person.…You can delegate.…This would mean putting up a sign saying,…"Anyone who needs me this morning,…"please see Louise."…You probably should check that…with Louise before you do it.…
You could have a better system.…
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
- Making the most of every day
- Separating important from urgent items
- Using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks
- Finding more time for important things
- Saying no
- Negotiating tasks
- Delegating to save time
- Improving your systems
- Letting go of perfectionism