Source: HBR, Jul 2018
Schedule Important Tasks, and Give Yourself Way More Time Than You’ll Need
Research shows that scheduling when and where you’ll do something makes it dramatically more likely that the task will get done.
Isolate the Most Impactful Elements of Important Tasks
Big tasks often require incremental progress.
Spend Less Time on Unimportant Tasks
Unimportant tasks have a nasty tendency of taking up more time than they should.
Prioritize Tasks That Will Reduce Your Number of Urgent but Unimportant Tasks
The sorts of scenarios you most want to avoid are fixing the same problems over and over or giving the same instructions repeatedly. To overcome a pattern of spending all day “chasing cows,” you can outsource, automate, batch small tasks, eliminate tasks, streamline your workflow, or create templates for recurring tasks. Look for situations in which you can make an investment of time once to set up a system that will save you time in the future, such as setting up a recurring order for office supplies rather than ordering items one at a time as you run out.
Pay Attention to What Helps You See (and Track) the Big Picture