This article was originally posted on August 25, 2009.
In the “ Attention Economy,” as it’s been called, how we allocate our (scarce) time across many competing (abundant) things calling for our attention may be the single most important skill to have.
I am generally fairly well-organized, but I find that at times like these, as I sprint/limp (choose your metaphor) toward a week’s vacation, I occasionally get overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done, and lose focus on my priorities.
Consistently and deliberately work toward specific goals, and use a process to keep focused on them. Here are the three simple steps Bregman prescribes:
- Plan your day before you turn on your computer (my biggest challenge!).
- Stop periodically to refocus.
- Review your day at the end (again, after you’ve turned off the computer).
Not rocket science, huh? I don’t generally get that excited about books or consultants that try to tell me how to live my life, but as I get older and more self-aware, I find that there are indeed some best practices that I need to be reminded of occasionally. This is clearly one of them.
Being motivated but prone to procrastination, I plan on re-doubling my commitment to these steps, just as soon as I get back from my vacation. :)
Originally published at https://mikegil.typepad.com.