Peronel writes: “‘So much to do and so little time said the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland’.
What do you really want to do today? Get out into the sunshine, have enough time to talk to your friend or take the dog for a walk? Home or work, desk or shopping, getting to the end of the to do list is rarely achieved unless you control the list as well.
For a couple of years, my sore damaged back prevented me from sitting easily for more 20 minutes at a stretch and a maximum of 2 hours a day. I developed a knack of choosing how to and what to do really carefully, guided by a suggestion made in Brian Traceys’ program “The miracle of self discipline”. Tracey poses a fantastic question: If you could only do one thing today, what one thing would you do that will make the greatest impact on tomorrow?
Imagine you are going away for a long weekend, and have to clear your desk, what would you do today that cannot wait until your return?
Or put another way, What is the most valuable use of my time right now? (work on that one thing for 40 minutes set on the alarm clock: it keeps you focussed, and under pressure to achieve the activity and complete before the alarm rings)
As a maker of lists, I have a special note book, lovely paper, spiral bound, suitable size, that I use for making my list every day: after five items I draw a line, and then carry on, after another five, draw a line. Priority tasks should be at the top of the list. Focus and complete those five items first, then move onto the next five without deviating from the five tasks you are concentrating on.
These can be arranged into the must do, should do, nice to do, delegate and eliminate (or the ruthless quick version, do:delegate:dump). Always eat your frog first, (do the one thing that you have been putting off that will make the biggest impact), The frog has got out of shape through fear, growing into an ugly green slimy thing rather than a task to be done. The sense of achievement is like an adrenaline rush and will set you up for the rest of your working time.
Think about it…”
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