You’re not going to like this one.
It’s one of those “simple but not easy” idioms.
If you want to increase your efficiency or productivity:
Delete most of your tasks.
I get that this is a bit of a clickbait-y headline, but stick with me.
It’s important to focus on what matters.
Email is everyone else’s to-do list for you–so don’t start your day with that.
Phone calls feel urgent, but if it’s important enough to pick up, they’ll call you again.
Meetings can either be delivered as an email or scheduled as a phone call instead. If you absolutely HAVE to go to meeting try standing up. We tend to get straight to the point when we’re standing instead of sitting.
You get the point.
What else do you NOT have to do, today?
2 Minute Action:
Check your to-do list and run through it with this question in mind:
What would happen if it didn’t get done? How bad are the consequences?
Just remember that every item on that list should fight for its life to stay there.
Delete a few excess tasks every day and then multiply that by a lifetime?
Now we’re talking.