Prioritizing – tired of missing the mark?  The key lies in dismissing an element and working with the 3 remaining.

The 4 elements are:  Crisis; Work to do; Trivial Work; and Time Wasting Work.

Crisis – urgent occurrences that must be attended to {flat tire, you get sick, unannounced visit from Company President, child sick at school – you must go pickup, an accident}. An event you can not ignore or put off.

Work to do – an important portion of your life and day {contact clients, do the department budget, draft company newsletter, tasks that are significant to your objectives – no matter what you occupation}.  The planning and building blocks of and for your day.

Trivial Work – Though necessary – you spend way more time than you should {mail, phone calls, e-mails, general interruptions into your day (person(s) dropping-in}.  These activities are neither urgent nor important – they should be small fillers into our “work to do” — but, often they become ‘your day’!!

Time Wasting Work – put a stop to this 4th item – {busy work, phone games, sports following [especially at a particular play off time], TV}.  This is the land of distraction and waste.

When you spend your majority of hours doing the “Work to do” items, you will be very successful in establishing and completing your priorities.

And, the castor oil is “Urgent versus Important“.  You have heard this before but, I hope that you have a more workable context that you can apply to your life and … now, succeed.


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