This is a thing that I like. I didn’t come up with it, a smarter person did. His name is Peter Bregman and he’s the guy who came up with this to-do list made of six boxes.
I’ve created a to-do list that’s made of six boxes — one for each of my five areas of focus and the 6th labeled “the other 5%”. That other… Continue reading
1. Not all work is important work, but it’s easy to waste your time on details. Learn about the difference between deep work and shallow work. Focus on the deep work. Limit the shallow work. Say no to wasting time on details.
2. Organization doesn’t matter as much as action. Say no to busy work that keeps you from taking action.
3. You are your own greatest
Focusing on what matters feels like the riskiest thing to do.
You want to cover all your bases.
But it’s like this:
You have a loaf of bread. Those are your possibilities. One slice of bread = one possibility.
And you have a big spoonful of peanut butter and a big spoonful of jelly. That’s you. Your resources: time, energy, money, attention, ability. A couple… Continue reading
No, thank you.
Thanks, but no thanks.
That sounds lovely, but no.
Not right now.
Not for me.
It’s not an option.
I won’t be able to.
It won’t work for me.
I have a conflict.
I have plans.
That’s a negative.
I’ll have to pass.
I have other things planned for that time.
My project list is already full for the month/year.
What a great idea!… Continue reading
Back to the Productivity Dictionary
a. Knowing what you want.
b. Knowing what you don’t want.
c. Knowing who you are.
d. Knowing what matters.
e. Knowing what doesn’t matter.
f. Knowing what you’ll say No to and what you’ll say Yes to, and being able to remember and stick to your No/Yes even when distracted, stressed, under pressure… Continue reading
Anytime you want. It doesn’t have to begin on Monday morning, or Sunday evening, or whenever your standard “start time” is… You’ve botched a couple of days, or got sick? Okay. It happens. Breathe, and start your week when you decide to start it. Now. In an hour. Tomorrow morning.
With room for restarts. Restarts are allowed.
Expecting success, not perfection. A focus on perfection has a… Continue reading