Claim Back 1-2 Hours/Day with Attention Management - Jonathan Levi and…
Claim Back 1-2 Hours/Day with Attention Management - Jonathan Levi and Charles Byrd
1-2 Hours/Day w/o "Time Management"
Not about time management, but attention/priority management
Not about adding more, but subtracting the unessential
One hack doesn't fix a broken overall system
Eliminate wasted time and procrastination
Secret 1 - Hacks and Tricks don't work until your base system has been created and is established.
Tricks and Hacks are to optimize an established system
Cannot "will" yourself into productivity
The system is the 80%, the hacks are the 20%
Attention Management - how can I engineer my environment to handle the theory FOR me so I can be productive?
What are my big priorities?
Not all work is created equal
Jar with rocks, sand, and water - how do you fit in all the items?
Q1 - Urgent/Important
Deadlines are today
Q2 - Not Urgent/Important
This is the big one!!!
Exercise, long-term goals, research, development
Block off time for these tasks (put in the rocks first)
More time spent in Q2 = less time in Q1 and Q3
Q3 - Urgent/Not Important
Consider putting these off until later, until after higher priority tasks are accomplished
Q4 - Not Urgent/Not Important
Parkinson's Law - if we allow Q1/Q3 items to take up the bulk of our day, they absolutely will. If we limit these tasks to small windows, they will get done much faster.
Secret 2 - How to Develop LASER FOCUS and work on the Right Things at the Right Times
Procrastination, inaction, and lack of focus are the most commonly cited causes of lack of achievement.
Priority Star Exercise (worksheet in Evernote already)
Items with more outbound arrows are higher priority
Use natural workflows and Next Actions/Waiting lists
Harness the dopamine boost from small, sequential wins
Secret 3 - Eliminate External Time-Sucks and Focus on What Matters
Too many commitments
Before you can dig yourself out of a hole, you have to stop others from piling more on.
Say "NO" more often.
Better to give an honest "no" than a half-hearted "sure" with poor follow-through or lots of rescheduling.
If you don't decide to say "no" to the right things, you'll say "no" to the wrong things accidentally.
"Does this task/goal/request align with my own goals and objectives?"
Delegate/Automate/Refer if possible
Automation - standardize workflows and use tools to handle tasks for you
Best money you can spend is to buy back your own time
Value time over money
Wheel of Life Exercise