Good advice from Gina at the HBR blog (from February 2009), about mitigating the urgent to focus on the important:
“Busy people have two options when they decide how their workdays will go: they can choose to be reactive to urgent demands on their time, or proactive about focusing on what they decide is important. The only way to actually get things done is to mitigate the urgent to work on the important.“
She proposes three strategies:
– (1) choose three important tasks to complete each day.
– (2) turn off your email client, so as to stop the “new mail” interruption noise.
– (3) set up a weekly 20-minute meeting with yourself.
Ground-breaking stuff? Hardly. But how many are you *actually doing*??