The top performers in every field tend to have one thing in common: they accept fewer tasks and obsess over getting them right.
If you’re struggling with time- and task-management, the solution is not to try to be even more productive by somehow “finding” time to do more things.
Time management advice tends to want you to believe that you aren’t doing enough with all that “extra time” you can unearth by squeezing out more from your time. You don’t need to commoditize every minute of your life and devote it to productive work.
You can’t—and shouldn’t—do it all
More time is not the answer to your time management problems.
You can’t manage time. You cannot control time. What you can control are your actions. You can control how you spend your time on what activities. You are in complete control of what you do and when you do it.
Jog through your list of things to do. For each task, ask,
- Why is this task necessary?
- What would happen a month from now if it isn’t done?
- What would happen if this never gets done
- Who wants this task done, and who is the right person to do it?
- Do fewer things that create more value, rather than more things that are mostly empty.
Effective time management is about knowing what’s essential and what’s not. Don’t get disproportionately involved with small things while monumental things are to be done.
Idea for Impact: No point in doing something that doesn’t need doing.
The best way to get lots of things done is to not do them at all.
To get more done, you need to do less. Trying to do it all doesn’t work. In other words, do only those things that really matter. Focus on those activities that drive the most significant results.
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