Plan the time, not the output. Get rid of low-value work and tame the messaging monster so you spend less time messaging.
- So there are all sorts of things that we can do…to make more time for traction in our day.…The first step is to plan the time, not the output.…How many days have you gone by…with to-dos on your to-do list…and you don't get through all of them…and you just push them to the next day,…the next day, the next?…That's because you're planning the output, not the input,…and that input, the one thing that you do have control over…is how much time you put into a certain task…and make sure you budget that task on your weekly schedule.…
Now the next thing that we can do…is to get rid of low-value work.…A study in the Harvard Business Review found…that about 40% of knowledge workers' time…is spent doing low-value work,…this work that needs to get done,…but doesn't need to get done by you.…The good news is that we live in an age…where so many things that we don't need to do…can be outsourced to other folks using technology…or outsource services.…And finally, we have got to make more time for concentration…and less time for communication.…
- Determine what motivates action in the psychology of akrasia.
- Identify the cause of distraction.
- Explain how you can sacrifice some communication for better concentration.
- Recall a step that reduces distractions triggered by modern devices.
- Name the sphere in which you must begin to center your time.