Monday, July 17, 2006

The 30 second rule and Priorities.

I am back and in the action. I took the last 9 days off (plus the weekends). When I return to work after a break, I realize how hard I work and how much volume I deal with. Need to polish my systems to deal with things better.

The challenge is to understand what my priorities are and to work on them in order.

As I re-enter my work, I think about how I can get on top of things the fastest (and how I could have not let as much stuff pile up while I was away). Although I was email live while I was away, I tended to only deal with the super high priority items and left many others for now.

One trick I always use is a 30 second rule. If I can deal with it in 30 seconds, I deal with it right then. if I am rushed or on holidays, I might cut that to 10 seconds which means many other things get left.

Right now I am doing a second pass on things with a one minute rule. If I can deal with it in one minute, I finish it.

Of course there is a problem with doing more than one pass on anything. It takes more time. One rule of time management is touch everything only once.

Breaks over - back to work.


At 5:58 PM, Blogger Jim Estill said...

Awesome idea. I will incorporate that into my planning.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jim! In eleven years I don't think I've seen you take 9 days off total :)

Hope you enjoyed the R&R!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger steven edward streight said...

This time allotment criteria assumes that all items are of equal or nearly equal priority.

Importance precedes priority. Something can assume importance in itself, whether we prioritize it or not.

I have been fairly successful using a spontaneous, intuitive approach to my prioritizing and action plans.

But lately I've been thinking of using a bit of regimentation: dedicate certain days to task-emphatic parameters.

Like Monday focus on creating and implementing downloadable products for my sites, Tuesday focus on new ecommerce applications, Wednesday focus on a computer book I'm writing, Thursday focus on networking and client referrals, Friday focus on web analyis, Saturday focus on personal reading, Sunday focus on contemplation.


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