Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker
We all get the same amount of time each day, no more and no less than 24 hours. While we struggle to gain more time to get things done, an exercise that always helps is taking a pause, examining your calendar and considering what things should “continue or stop.”
In terms of choosing what goes on which list, here are a few filters to consider
- Discretionary versus non-discretionary is the first place to start. If it is non-discretionary in your mind, step back and ensure it is truly non-discretionary (meaning that you absolutely have no decision in whether that activity happens or not).
From there here are a few others (in each pair, continue if the first part of the answer, perhaps stop if not):
- Contributes towards reaching your passion and purpose or not
- Contributes towards reaching your goals or not
- Creates or adds some form of value (e.g. you can speak to a return on the investment of your time) or not
Those are some thought starters!
Have a great day!