…whose work is never done. (I came up with that title just so I could show you this priceless clip from Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners)
My task list always feels out of control. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to me when it does. Why? Because my brain is capable of identifying 10,000 worthy tasks at any given moment…but my body can only work on 1 at a time. In rare occasions when I am in full-blown multitasking mode, I might be able to work on 2 or 3 tasks at a time.
So, how do successful people get more done? How are they able to accomplish so much more than the rest of us? After all, they have the same 24 hour day as I do.
Because they pick the right tasks to work on. They choose to “default” on the very tasks that I waste my time working on. These uber-successful people are able to discipline themselves to push the “urgent and less important” tasks off to the side.
How do I know which tasks need my attention…and which ones to ignore and default on? I have to look backwards in time and learn from the past.
- If I ignore a task that gets bigger over time, then I have chosen poorly
- If I ignore a task that gets smaller over time, then I have chosen wisely
Over time, I learn how to visualize the past…but from the future. That is how I decide today.
Thanks for listening.