There are two
questions that you can ask on a regular basis to keep yourself focused
on getting your most important tasks completed on schedule. The
first question is "What are my highest value activities?"
way, what are the most important tasks you have to complete to make
the greatest contribution to your organization? To your family?
To your life in general?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask and answer.
What are your highest value activities? First, think this through
for yourself. Then, ask your boss. Ask your coworkers and subordinates.
Ask your friends and family. Like focusing the lens of a camera,
you must be crystal clear about your highest value activities before
you begin work.
The second question you can ask continually is, "What can I
and only I do, that if done well, will make a real difference?"
comes from Peter Drucker, the management guru. It is one of the
best of all questions for achieving personal effectiveness. What
can you, and only you do, that if done well, can make a real difference?
This is something
that only you can do. If you don’t do it, it won’t be done by someone
else. But if you do it, and you do it well, it can really make a
difference to your life and your career. What is your answer to
Every hour of
every day, you can ask yourself this question and there will be
a specific answer. You job is to be clear about the answer and then
to start and work on this task before anything else.
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into
a list of everything you do at work and then select your most valuable
tasks from that list.
to start in on your highest value task and stay at it until it is