Whether it’s a priority matrix, an ordered to-do list or the Pareto principle, most of us have the tools and techniques for prioritising our own workload and the opportunities within our teams and organisations.
So why do we find it so hard?
The solution lies not in what we do… but rather when we do it.
Planning and prioritising are some of the most energy-hungry tasks that we ask our brains to complete. If we come to this task straight after 45 minutes of fast and furious emailing – which let’s face it, many of us do – we simply don’t have sufficient brain power for the task at hand.
So, we give up and go back to dealing with urgent things… or our emails (aka other people’s priority lists).
We need to wage war on the countless distractions coming at us and realise that email is a tool, not our master.
I encourage you to time block your diary, roll out the barbed wire and protect a small amount of time for planning and prioritising.
Call it ‘Leadership Time’…because that’s what it is.
Start with 15-20 minutes each morning and 45 minutes at the end of the week; I promise it will make a difference.
And when you’re ready to learn more, check out my Weekly Planning Protocol course here.
Wishing you a focussed and productive week ahead!