Posts Tagged ‘priorities’

The curse of ASAP

When someone tells you a task needs to be done ASAP, how do you feel? Pressured right? This is a task of such priority it needs to be completed as soon as humanly possible. Which is pretty darn soon. The trouble is ASAP has no context and no deadline. As soon as possible could mean […]

What are your posteriorities?

We all know the advice to focus on our priorities. Get the hardest thing done first. But what about the opposite – posteriorities? These are the things you should de-prioritize, focus on the least. Recognizing posteriorities will help you be more effective. Broadly they are: All the Not Important tasks which crop up, no matter […]

Do the things you hate

We hear a lot about following your passion. Doing what you love. And why would you do anything else if you want a satisfying and successful life? At the career-level this is good advice. But within your role, at the day-to-day level, I’d argue that you should actively do the things you hate. Not all […]

Do the hardest thing first

What's the first thing you do when you sit down at your desk in the morning? If you are like most people, it's fire up your email and get to work on the priorities it dictates. Tomorrow, I'd like to suggest you do something different. Before you open your email client (and let's face it, […]

Most of what you do is pointless

In 1906, Italian sociologist and economist Vilfredo Pareto discovered that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of its population. This Power Law, which later came to bear his name, is now a common rule of thumb in business. Most notably, it’s believed that 80% of a company’s profits come from 20% of its […]