The most important things first instead of a bit of everthing
Autopilot belongs in the airplane and not in the office:
Open e-mail – read – answer, Open e-mail – read – answer, …
Usually we process e-mails one after the other in order, irrespective of whether they are important or urgent.
This way is better:
- At the beginning of the day, think about which tasks are important and what is particularly urgent (see Hurst 2007).
- Prioritize the tasks and put them on a list.
- Process this list and only react to important interruptions.
What do I get from this:
- The important things get the necessary time and attention.
- The urgent things are completed on time.
- I don’t lose much time to unnecessary interruptions.
- At the end of the day, I see what I have achieved.
- I don’t try to take on more work than I can finish.