Prioritise correctly

2014-03-13

Some people have a surplus of energy and seem to find the time to do everything. They have learned the most important lesson of all, that of prioritising correctly. Here follows a quick guide showing how you too can save time!

How many times have you not gone home from work after a long, stressful day and cannot remember what you actually did there? We work in an endless flow of e-mails, meetings and instant coffee, so it is not all that strange that life at times feels like an incessant treadmill when you also have to set up office in your bed at home. The American author Leo Babauta has given this matter some thought, how we can work less hours and still be more efficient. He means for instance that we all would feel better if we tried to evaluate the assignments we are asked to perform: "Just look at the hysteria in relation to meetings. Have you asked yourself if the world will come to an end if you do not attend every meeting all the time?" With a smarter balance, you will be able to release loads of energy and time that has a positive impact on your development, both at work and at home. Babauta's three commandments are as follows:

  1. Consider yourself a connoisseur of your own time: Is it really worth putting your energy into all the assignments you have in front of you? What can I discard?
  2. It takes time to learn how to prioritise correctly. Start today already by carefully going through the work assignments you have to do and rank them. Which are important to your career? Which will have a positive impact on you? Do them and everything else will fall into place.
  3. For this to work in a satisfactory manner you have to, in a more comprehensive fashion, create space for yourself to be able to focus on your work without any distractions. When you have an important job to do, turn off all unnecessary rss feeds, twitter accounts and social media which will only be a distraction. Have one "digital detox" day a week when you never even read your e-mail. Do you have what it takes?